Mexican Agriculture and the Financialization of the Agricultural Sector (Part II)

Guest post by Gabriel Pons Cortés| Programme Policy Advisor-Oxfam Intermón in collaboration with El Barzón Lack of market transparency and the oligopoly of the four large traders (ADM, Bunge, Cargill and Dryfus, known as ABCD) make it impossible to know the real level of speculation. For example, it is not possible to know if ABCD’s very important financial divisions […]

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Mexican Agriculture and the Financialization of the Agricultural Sector (Part I)

Guest post by Gabriel Pons Cortés| Programme Policy Advisor-Oxfam Intermón in collaboration with El Barzón What defines Mexican agriculture?  Mexico has a dual agricultural system, which means that huge companies (agribusiness) co-exist with family farms. In a dual system, huge companies that have higher productivity set the prices: they can sell products at lower prices than small scale […]

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Civil Society: The Main Actor in the Fight on Poverty

Guest Blogger Angely Vanessa Amezcua Chávez, El Barzón Nacional, Mexico reflects on her recent trip to Brazil (para la version en español, haz clic aqui)   In terms of food security policy, Brazil has become an international reference for its policies on this issue and I believe this is in part due to Brazil’s emphasis on […]

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Inequality and youth unemployment: the weaknesses of South African democracy

Guest Blogger Martina Borghi (El Barzon) reflects on her peer to peer visit to South Africa. South Africa is a country that creates high expectations, despite or thanks to its deep complexity. The peer to peer exchange organized in the framework of the ECSN-BRICSAM project has given me the great opportunity to get closer to […]

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Why it’s not just poverty but unemployment that matters in South Africa

By Guest Blogger Pradeep Baisakh | Programme Coordinator | Wada Na Todo Abhiyan What is the percentage of families living below poverty line in South Africa? I asked to as many people as I met during my two weeks visit to the country in November 2014. Some answered and some did not. Initially I wondered […]

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Sociedad civil, Principal actor en el combate a la pobreza

Guest Blogger Angely Vanessa Amezcua Chávez, El Barzón Nacional, México reflecciona sobre su viaje a Brasil (english version here) Sociedad civil, Principal actor en el combate a la pobreza   En cuanto a políticas de Seguridad alimentaria, Brasil se ha convertido en un referente a nivel internacional por las políticas que han implementado, considero que […]

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Advancing a Gender Agenda for El Barzon

El Barzón’s 3rd Assembly of Rural Women: advancing a gender agenda for El Barzón By Guest Blogger: Carolina Maldonado Pacheco – Oxfam Mexico On September 20-21, El Barzón’s 3rd Assembly of Rural Women took place in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. We were welcomed in the beautiful Ecoalberto Park, a natural reserve managed by an […]

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Speaking Up on Behalf of Others

Speaking up on behalf of others: effective communication for advocacy El Barzón’s workshops in Mexico City and Guadalajara By Guest Blogger: Martina Borghi, Program Manager, El Barzon El Barzón represents many Mexicans who, for different reasons, are unable to speak directly to decision makers. During our twenty years of national presence, we have developed different […]

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Changing Food Systems & Inequality: Implications for Food Security and Public Policy in Brazil, India, Mexico, and South Africa

New research from the ECSN BRICSAM program finds that the globalization of agri-food systems in Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa has created opportunities for only a few – often landowners or those with access to capital – but has simultaneously increased gender, spatial and economic inequality, particularly in terms of increased marginalization of smallholders. […]

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Mexican Farmers Protest Against Government Energy Reforms

By Guest Blogger Martina Borghi | El Barzon In December 2013, Mexico’s energy reform bill – the most significant overhaul of the country’s energy industry since 1938 – formally became law. But while December’s legislation removed the constitutional barriers to the opening of the sector,  President Enrique Peña Nieto introduced a series of ‘secondary laws’ in Congress in April […]

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