Shiney Varghese

Shiney Varghese is Senior Policy Analyst with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. She leads IATP's work on global water policy, focusing on the water crisis, its impact on water and food security, and possible local solutions that emphasize equity, environmental justice and sustainability. Before moving to United States in 1998, she worked in India on social and environmental issues for more than a decade with indigenous groups, civil society organizations and international groups such as Oxfam.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 10:14am
Water Grabbing to Follow Food Speculation?
Writing in National Geographic in December 2012 about “small-scale irrigation techniques with simple buckets, affordable pumps, drip lines, and other equipment” that “are enabling farm families to weather dry seasons, raise yields, diversify their crops, and lift themselves out of poverty” water expert Sandra Postel of the Global Water Policy Project
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 6:36am
California Makes History on the Right to Water
On Wednesday, September 26 Governor Jerry Brown of California signed the bill AB 685 , into law, establishing the policy that every person in California has the right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible water. This is a historic moment in the U.S.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 6:49am
US Water Policy Still All Wet
Growing conflicts over who owns water and how to manage it are emerging all over the world. Although debates at the UN and among civil society have moved toward the recognition of water as a basic human right, the United States still lags behind. Washington has instead largely supported private-sector approaches that will likely exacerbate conflicts over water resources. What is perhaps new is that the U.S.
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Friday, March 23, 2012 - 11:10am
Reflections on the Right to Water as We Move Towards Rio+20
Yesterday, even as the world celebrated World Water Day , some countries at the United Nations continued attempts to remove the reference to the “right to water” from a document that will guide the international development path in the coming decade.
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Monday, December 5, 2011 - 8:42am
The Water, Energy and Food Nexus
As I flew back from Bonn last week, on my way back from the Bonn 2011 Nexus Conference (16–18 November), one thing was clear to me. Corporate environmentalism is entrenching itself firmly in the corridors of global governance, and challenging its advance will require new strategies. The "in-your-face" approach of yesterday is being replaced with a softer, albeit more dangerous "corporate responsibility" garb.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 2:40pm
Reclaiming Rights on International Women’s Day Centennial
The year 2011 started with the news of food price hikes around the world pushing even more people, especially women, into hunger. But then along came images of women in Egypt in the forefront of a revolution to get rid of a government that has been in power for over 30 years! Victories such as the ones in Egypt are occasions for celebrating the strength and resilience of women even under the most oppressed circumstances, and their ability to defy prevalent stereotypes.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 3:10pm
Reflections on Right to Water
This week, the U.N. Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, will visit the United States, giving us an opportunity to pause and reflect: What does right to water entail? In early February, addressing the World Social Forum, the Bolivian President Evo Morales said “We are going to go the U.N. to declare that water is a basic public need that must not be managed by private interests, but should be for all people, including people of rural areas." 1
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