Palma Africana

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Palma Africana

Palma Africana

  • Author: Michael Taussig
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 022651627X
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 224
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“It is the contemporary elixir from which all manner of being emerges, the metamorphic sublime, an alchemist’s dream.” So begins Palma Africana, the latest attempt by anthropologist Michael Taussig to make sense of the contemporary moment. But to what elixir does he refer? Palm oil. Saturating everything from potato chips to nail polish, palm oil has made its way into half of the packaged goods in our supermarkets. By 2020, world production will be double what it was in 2000. In Colombia, palm oil plantations are covering over one-time cornucopias of animal, bird, and plant life. Over time, they threaten indigenous livelihoods and give rise to abusive labor conditions and major human rights violations. The list of entwined horrors—climatic, biological, social—is long. But Taussig takes no comfort in our usual labels: “habitat loss,” “human rights abuses,” “climate change.” The shock of these words has passed; nowadays it is all a blur. Hence, Taussig’s keen attention to words and writing throughout this work. He takes cues from precursors’ ruminations: Roland Barthes’s suggestion that trees form an alphabet in which the palm tree is the loveliest; William Burroughs’s retort to critics that for him words are alive like animals and don’t like to be kept in pages—cut them and the words are let free. Steeped in a lifetime of philosophical and ethnographic exploration, Palma Africana undercuts the banality of the destruction taking place all around us and offers a penetrating vision of the global condition. Richly illustrated and written with experimental verve, this book is Taussig’s Tristes Tropiques for the twenty-first century.

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  • Publisher: Bib. Orton IICA / CATIE
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Global Land Grabs

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Global Land Grabs

Global Land Grabs

History, Theory and Method

  • Author: Marc Edelman,Carlos Oya,Saturnino M. Borras Jr.
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317569512
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 256
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Since the 2008 world food crisis a surge of land grabbing swept Africa, Asia and Latin America and even some regions of Europe and North America. Investors have uprooted rural communities for massive agricultural, biofuels, mining, industrial and urbanisation projects. ‘Water grabbing’ and ‘green grabbing’ have further exacerbated social tensions. Early analyses of land grabbing focused on foreign actors, the biofuels boom and Africa, and pointed to catastrophic consequences for the rural poor. Subsequently scholars carried out local case studies in diverse world regions. The contributors to this volume advance the discussion to a new stage, critically scrutinizing alarmist claims of the first wave of research, probing the historical antecedents of today’s land grabbing, examining large-scale land acquisitions in light of international human rights and investment law, and considering anew longstanding questions in agrarian political economy about forms of dispossession and accumulation and grassroots resistance. Readers of this collection will learn about the impacts of land and water grabbing; the relevance of key theorists, including Marx, Polanyi and Harvey; the realities of China’s involvement in Africa; how contemporary land grabbing differs from earlier plantation agriculture; and how social movements—and rural people in general—are responding to this new threat. This book was published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.

Managing oil palm landscapes

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Managing oil palm landscapes

Managing oil palm landscapes

A seven-country survey of the modern palm oil industry in Southeast Asia, Latin America and West Africa

  • Author: Lesley Potter
  • Publisher: CIFOR
  • ISBN: 6021504925
  • Category: Electronic book
  • Page: 144
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This study comprises a review of oil palm development and management across landscapes in the tropics. Seven countries have been selected for detailed analysis using surveys of the current literature, mainly spanning the last fifteen years. Indonesia and Malaysia are the obvious leaders in terms of area planted and levels of production and export, but also in literature generated on social and environmental challenges. In Latin America, Colombia is the dominant producer with oil palm expanding in disparate landscapes with a strong focus on palm oil-based biodiesel; and small-scale growers and companies in Peru and Brazil offer contrasting ways of inserting oil palm into the Amazon. Nigeria and Cameroon represent African nations with traditional groves and old plantations in which foreign ‘land grabs’ to establish new oil palm have recently occurred.

JESSENIA Y OENOCARPUS

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JESSENIA Y OENOCARPUS

JESSENIA Y OENOCARPUS

PALMAS ACEITERAS NEO

  • Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.
  • ISBN: 9789253026760
  • Category: Oil palm
  • Page: 187
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Annotated Bibliography on Hartrot of Coconut and Oil Palms

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Annotated Bibliography on Hartrot of Coconut and Oil Palms

Annotated Bibliography on Hartrot of Coconut and Oil Palms

  • Author: Revelo, M.,Castelen, P.,Asgarali, J.,Fung Kan Sang, W.
  • Publisher: IICA Biblioteca Venezuela
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Grabbing Power

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Grabbing Power

Grabbing Power

The New Struggles for Land, Food and Democracy in Northern Honduras

  • Author: Tanya M Kerssen
  • Publisher: Food First Books
  • ISBN: 0935028447
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 188
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Grabbing Power explores the history of agribusiness and land conflicts in Northern Honduras focusing on the Aguán Valley, where peasant movements battle large palm oil producers for the right to land. In the wake of a military coup that overthrew Honduran president Manuel Zelaya in June 2009, rural communities in the Aguán have been brutally repressed, with over 60 people killed in just over two years. United States military aid--spent in the name of the War on Drugs--fuels the Honduran government's ability to repress its people. A strong and inspiring movement for land, food and democracy has grown over the last two years, and it shows no sign of backing down.

Feeding Pigs in the Tropics

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Feeding Pigs in the Tropics

Feeding Pigs in the Tropics

  • Author: Rena Pérez,Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Publisher: Bernan Assoc
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 185
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FAcultad de ingenieria Agromomic y Medicina Verterinaria

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FAcultad de ingenieria Agromomic y Medicina Verterinaria

FAcultad de ingenieria Agromomic y Medicina Verterinaria

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  • Publisher: INIAP Archivo Historico
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