Oakland Institute

The Oakland Institute is a policy think tank whose mission is to increase public participation and promote fair debate on critical social, economic and environmental issues in both national and international forums.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Eight Myths and Facts About AGRISOL Energy in Tanzania
Iowa-based Bruce Rastetter and AgriSol Energy have friends in high places. Why else would the US Ambassador to Tanzania step forward and defend AgriSol's activities in Tanzania with false information?
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Monday, September 12, 2011
Half a Million Lives Threatened by Land & Water Grabs for Plantations in Ethiopia's Lower Omo Valley
A new Land Deal Brief from the Oakland Institute (OI) exposes that the controversial Gibe III hydroelectric project located in Ethiopia's Omo Valley, portrayed as development, is facilitating the take over of 350,000 hectares (ha) of land for sugar cane and cotton plantations and resulting in state-sponsored human rights violations, which have escaped international attention so far.
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Thursday, July 08, 2010
Tackling the Global Food Crisis: A Mission Unaccomplished
A new report released today, The High Food Price Challenge: A Review of Responses to Combat Hunger, by the UK Hunger Alliance and the Oakland Institute, reveals that a major initiative, launched by the Group of 8 (G8), in July 2009 has failed to address the global hunger crisis, which currently affects more than a billion people. The G8 announced the L'Aquila Food Security Initiative in July 2009 to support food security, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture, with a promise of $20 billion worth of investment over three years. However, one year on from the L'Aquila comm
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Monday, April 26, 2010
(Mis)Investment in Agriculture: The Role of the International Finance Corporation in the Global Land Grab
As a major two-day conference on Land Policy & Administration, hosted by the World Bank, gets under way to supposedly "improve land governance" and "contribute to the well-being of the poorest," Oakland Institute's new report, (Mis)Investment in Agriculture: The Role of the International Finance Corporation in the Global Land Grab , exposes the role of the Bank's private sector branch, International Finance Corporation (IFC), in fueling land grabs, especially in Africa.
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Monday, March 02, 2009
New Report From the Oakland Institute Issues a Challenge to Western-led Plans for a Genetically Engineered Revolution in Africa
A new report from the Oakland Institute, Voices from Africa: African Farmers & Environmentalists Speak Out Against a New Green Revolution in Africa, issues a direct challenge to Western-led plans for a genetically engineered revolution in African agriculture, particularly the recent misguided philanthropic efforts of the Gates Foundation's Alliance for a New Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and presents African resistance and solutions rooted in first-hand knowledge of what Africans need.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Is Ecological Agriculture Productive?
A key question that is often asked about ecological agriculture, including organic agriculture, is whether it can be productive enough to meet the world's food needs. While many agree that ecological agriculture is desirable from an environmental and social point of view, fears remain that ecological and organic agriculture produces low yields.
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