The Global Food Crisis and Fairtrade: Small Farmers, Big Solutions?

The Global Food Crisis and Fairtrade: Small Farmers, Big Solutions?

Report for the Fairtrade Foundation (February 2009)

This report analyses the challenges faced by the world’s 450 million smallholder farmers as a result of the food price crisis. It considers the effects of the crisis on fairtrade producers around the world, asking whether fairtrade producers are in a better position to cope with price volatility. The report includes a case study of Uganda, based on field research and interviews with coffee, tea and vanilla growers.

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A Golden Opportunity: How Tanzania is Failing to Benefit from Gold Mining

A Golden Opportunity: How Tanzania is Failing to Benefit from Gold Mining

Report for Tanzanian NGOs (October 2008)

This report is an analysis of gold mining and tax payments in Tanzania. Although Tanzania is one of Africa’s largest gold exporters, ordinary people benefit little, since the government has implemented tax laws that are overly favourable to mining companies and because of the policies of those companies themselves, notably AngloGold Ashanti and Barrick.

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The Crisis in Agricultural Aid: How Aid has Contributed to Hunger

The Crisis in Agricultural Aid: How Aid has Contributed to Hunger

Paper for ActionAid (September 2008)

This paper is an analysis of overseas aid to agriculture, showing how aid levels have dramatically declined over the past two decades, how the focus of aid spending is not geared to the needs of poor farmers and how aid has been used to push a neo-liberal economic model of agriculture that has increased poverty and hunger.

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Precious Metal: The Impact of Anglo Platinum in South Africa

Precious Metal: The Impact of Anglo Platinum in South Africa

Report for ActionAid (March 2008)

This report analyses the operations in South Africa of the world’s largest platinum producer, Anglo Platinum, a company majority-owned by the British mining giant, Anglo American. The findings suggest that company activities have deprived communities of agricultural land while community protests are often met by police brutality and company legal action.

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Fanning the Flames: The Role of British Mining Companies in Conflict and the Violation of Human Rights

Fanning the Flames: The Role of British Mining Companies in Conflict and the Violation of Human Rights

Report for War on Want (November 2007)

This report documents the impacts of the largest British mining companies, including BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Xstrata, Rio Tinto and Vedanta, in around twenty countries. It shows companies’ involvement in human rights violations, the exacerbation of conflict and environmental destruction at the same time as making record profits.

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Anglo American: The Alternative Report

Anglo American: The Alternative Report

Report for War on Want (August 2007)

This report reveals the role of the British mining company, Anglo American, in human rights abuses around the world, along with the companies in its business group, which include AngloGold Ashanti, De Beers and Anglo Platinum.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Decade of New Labour’s Arms Exports

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Decade of New Labour’s Arms Exports

Report for Saferworld (May 2007)

This report reviews the British government’s arms exports policies since 1997, showing how it continues to arm persistent human rights abusers and states enduring conflicts, how the arms trade remains mired in secrecy, and the foreign policy benefits of arms exports.

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Deadly Combination: The Role of Southern Governments and the World Bank in the Rise of Hunger

Deadly Combination: The Role of Southern Governments and the World Bank in the Rise of Hunger

Report for Norwegian Church Aid and Aprodev European NGO Network (February 2007)

This detailed report is an analysis of the impact on hunger-prone people of the economic reforms promoted by the World Bank and IMF over the past 15 years. It contains a synthesis report plus case studies on Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia. It argues that both World Bank liberalisation policies and many government intervention policies are, in their messy, unstrategic combination, serving to increase hunger.

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Designing Conflict-Sensitive Trade Policy

Designing Conflict-Sensitive Trade Policy

Report for International Institute for Sustainable Development, in Oli Brown (ed), Trade, Aid and Security: An Agenda for Peace and Development, Earthscan, 2007

This analysis argues that OECD countries are completely failing to design their trade policies to take conflict into account, and makes recommendations on how they should.

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Gold Rush: The Impact of Gold Mining on Poor People in Obuasi, Ghana

Gold Rush: The Impact of Gold Mining on Poor People in Obuasi, Ghana

Report for ActionAid (October 2006)

This investigative report from interviews and research in Ghana exposes the effects of mining by AngloGold Ashanti, a subsidiary of UK company Anglo-American, in Africa’s biggest gold mine. Village streams are polluted and illegal miners shot or threatened, while the company claims it is committed to corporate social responsibility.

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