PANNA: Resource Pointer #364 (International Development)


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Resource Pointer #364 (International Development)
12, 2004

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

*Ploughing Up the Farm: Neoliberalism, Modern Technology, and the State of the World, 2004* Jerry Buckland. Examines the current structure of the global food system that has depleted the quality of life for farmers throughout the world, imperiled biodiversity, and increased the economic divide between North and South. Responds to the corporate control of food by calling for policies to restore food security and environmental health and democratize the global institutions governing these companies and our food. $22.50. Contact Zed Books, 7 Cynthia Street, London N1 9JF, UK; phone (44 0207) 837-4014; fax (44 0207) 833-3960; Web site

*Hungry Corporations: Transnational Biotech Companies Colonise the Food Chain, 2003* Helena Paul, Ricarda Steinbrecher, Devlin Kuyek, and Lucy Michaels. Examines the structure and processes of the biotech and agrochemical companies’ infiltration of developing countries’ markets. Argues that these companies have gained control of the global food chain through public, government, and institutional manipulation. Critiques the commonly held belief that the industrialized agricultural model promoted by biotech companies is a viable solution to hunger. 256 pages. $22.50. Contact Zed Books, 7 Cynthia Street, London N1 9JF, UK; phone (44 0207) 837-4014; fax (44 0207) 833-3960; Web site

*Effective Strategies in Confronting Transnational Corporations, 2003* Abdul Aziz Choudry. Five case studies demonstrate successful strategies to fight global capital infiltration and the neoliberal agenda in Asia and the Pacific: a campaign against agrochemical companies; a coalition of workers, unions and labor organizations for the right to organize and collectively bargain; an indigenous struggle against an international mining company; the mobilization of citizens against a government and IMF supported oil industry deregulation; the education of mothers in the health benefits of breastfeeding following an aggressive infant formula marketing strategy by Nestle. 140 pages. $6. Contact Asia-Pacific Research Network (APRN), 3/F SCC Bldg., 4427 Int. Old Sta. Mesa, Manila 1016, Philippines; phone (632) 713-2729; fax (632) 716-0108;; Web site

*Demanding Accountability: Civil Society Claims and the World Bank Inspection Panel, 2003* Dana Clark, Jonathan Fox, and Kay Treakle. Discusses the impact of global civil-society on the World Bank Inspection Panel, which investigates claims against projects financed by the World Bank. Includes 9 case studies of such investigations from throughout the developing world and presents lessons learned from these projects. 311 pages. $29.95. Contact Rowman and Littlefield, 4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, MD 20706; phone (800) 462-6420; fax (800) 338-4550; email; Web site

*The Destructive Agrarian: Reform Policies of the World Bank* Evanize Sydrow and Maria Luisa Mendoça. Examines the effects of World Bank land reform policies on farmers in several developing countries including India, Thailand, Mexico, Columbia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Also provides an overview of various social movements responding to World Bank programs including Via Campesina, an international network of farmer’s, rural women, and indigenous people. 56 pages. Available for free download at: or as free hardcopy. Contact Social Network for Justice and Human Rights, Rua Batista Cepelos 28, conj. 4, São Paulo, SP, Brazil 04109-120; phone (011-55-11) 327-11237; fax (011-55-11) 327-14878; email; Web site

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