Daily Archives: November 12, 2016

Food Sovereignty: A Strategy for Environmental Justice

Posted on November 11, 2016

Food sovereignty offers a strategy for social mobilization that confronts rural disintegration while addressing environmental crises.

This paper is being presented at Food and Justice: Ideas for a new global food agenda?, a conference organized by the World Economics Association. The author, David Barkin, is a Distinguished Professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico), and a member of the editorial board of the Review of Radical Political Economics.


Dominant approaches to rural development have proven unable to confront the structural challenges posed by a system where progress itself generates hunger and increasing environmental damage.

This article places its accent on the direct action of communities to organize themselves to satisfy their food and other basic needs and those of their regions with self-help strategies that could be applied in both rural and urban areas.

While generally applicable, this focus draws its inspiration from the experience of La Via Campesina, the largest social organization in the world, with chapters in more than 80 countries and 200 million members.

The food sovereignty approach offers a forward-looking strategy to social mobilization, confronting the scourge of rural disintegration while also addressing the pressing issue of environmental balance.

It proposes to direct political and social actions to the collective organization of communities to promote local mobilization and cooperation within and among communities, on a regional as well as on a much broader geographic scale.

It functions by integrating experts into a well-proven farmer-to-farmer approach for the exchange of information and materials conducive to improving productivity and promoting diversity in accordance with local customs while also creating possibilities for improving the quality of foods being produced and their nutritional impact.

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Africa flying blind as continent tips into climate crisis | Climate Home – climate change news

Published on 11/11/2016, 10:48am

With too little data to inform local climate science, African countries lack a fundamental tool to plan long term adaptation strategies

In Ethiopia, the government said 10.2 million people needed humanitarian assistance in 2016, at a cost of $1.4 billion, due to a drought that’s been exacerbated by El Niño (Pic: Oxfam)

By Lou Del Bello

A lack of data on African climate is slowing efforts to prepare for extreme weather, according to a new report which fills some of the gaps in Africa’s regional climate science.

Scientific evidence is the foundation of robust adaptation policies that tackle water management, energy and food security, the study says. Without it, the climate impacts that are already plunging Africa into a humanitarian crisis are poised to get much worse.

But patchy weather records, most of which lay abandoned in meteorological offices and are unlikely to ever be digitised, make the African climate system among the planet’s least understood.

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The study, produced by the Future Climate For Africa initiative, a joint program of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), finds that while Africa is poised to get hotter and its weather more erratic, most government departments are only planning short term, therefore failing to respond to slow onset environmental changes.

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Millions Sign Onto Call for Electoral College to Award the Presidency to Popular Vote Winner Clinton

Democracy Now!

Published on Nov 11, 2016

http://democracynow.org – The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads the popular vote by hundreds of thousands of ballots, but she lost the Electoral College to Republican Donald Trump. The last time this type of outcome occurred was in the 2000 Bush vs. Gore presidential race. Meanwhile, electoral reform initiatives are underway to get states to adopt the National Popular Vote bill. The legislation could transform the way we elect the president of the United States. Under the compact for a national popular vote, states across the country have pledged to award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote. If enough states sign on, it would guarantee the presidency goes to the candidate who wins the most votes across the country. The compact will kick in only when enough states have signed on to reach a threshold of 270 electoral votes. We are joined by John Koza, chair of National Popular Vote.

News Wrap: On transition team, Trump replaces Christie with Pence

PBS NewsHour

Published on Nov 11, 2016

In our news wrap Friday, president-elect Donald Trump announced that Mike Pence would be the new chair of his transition team, replacing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Also, anti-Trump protests continued across the country. In Portland, Oregon, thousands of demonstrators squared off with police, throwing bottles and rocks, while officers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Trump shakes up transition team, elevates Pence’s role

FOX 5 Atlanta

Published on Nov 11, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump shook up his transition team Friday as he plunged into the work of setting up his administration, elevating Vice President-elect Mike Pence to head the operations. The move, one of the first key decisions as Trump pivots from campaigning to governing, amounted to a demotion for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had been running the Republican’s transition planning for months.
On the heels of Trump’s upset victory this week, his team has begun to embark upon building a government, an enormous undertaking that likely requires Trump to alter his hands-on management style and consider going outside his small, insular group of loyalists. He has been scrambling to identify people for top White House jobs and Cabinet posts, a herculean task that must be well in hand by the time Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20.
For Trump, who ran on a pledge to “drain the swamp” of Washington insiders, the team is strikingly heavy on those with long political resumes.
And another apparent contradiction emerged Friday as Trump, who repeatedly vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act “on day one,” said he would be open to maintaining portions of President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement.
In a statement Friday, Trump said Pence would “build on the initial work” done by Christie.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence to lead Trump’s transition team


Published on Nov 12, 2016

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U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has reshuffled his White House transition team.
He has put Vice President-elect Mike Pence in charge of leading efforts to select the key members of his administration.
Park Ji-won has more.
Three days after his historic election victory,… U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has reorganized his presidential transition team,… putting Vice President-elect Mike Pence in charge of it.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie,… who had been serving as the team’s chairman,… will remain as one of the vice chairs.
Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich,… and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani,.. are listed among the six vice chairs,… along with Christie.
With the reshuffle,… Pence will take over the urgent task of selecting more than a dozen cabinet officials and hundreds of appointments of key government officials by January 20th,… when Trump is inaugurated.
President-elect Trump also announced Friday that his three adult children,… Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump,… as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner,… will join the 16-member executive committee of his presidential transition team.
Some are also being seen as potential prospects for key administration posts.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held telephone talks with President-elect Trump on Friday afternoon, local time for around twenty minutes.
Ban congratulated Trump on his election victory,… and conveyed hope that the traditionally strong cooperative relations between the UN and the U.S. will continue to further promote world peace, security and sustainable development.
In an interview with news agency AFP, Ban also expressed confidence Trump will not forsake the landmark Paris climate change deal,… as he understands the importance and urgency of the matter.
The UN chief said he’d like to have an one-on-one meeting with the U.S. President-elect,… before his term ends at the end of December.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.

Trump turns over transition team to Pence

Fox News

Published on Nov 11, 2016

Vice president-elect takes lead role from N.J. Gov. Christie; ‘The Five’ panel reacts to Cabinet selection process

BREAKING! Mike Pence REPLACES Chris Christie as Trumps transition team head!


Published on Nov 11, 2016

Vice President-elect Mike Pence is taking over White House transition efforts from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – one of a host of changes announced Friday by President-elect Donald Trump as he works quickly to form his administration-in-waiting.

Pence will now serve as chairman of the transition team. Christie, the scandal-scarred governor who has supported Trump ever since dropping his own 2016 presidential bid, will remain on board – only in a lesser role, as one of several transition vice chairs.

Mike Pence To Take Over Donald Trump’s Transition Team | MSNBC


Published on Nov 11, 2016

Sources say Mike Pence is taking over Donald Trump’s presidential transition team from Chris Christie. MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, Andrea Mitchell Kristen Welker, and Hallie Jackson discuss.

Mike Pence replaces Chris Christie as transition leader


Published on Nov 11, 2016

Vice President-elect Mike Pence will lead the presidential transition effort, taking the reins from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. CNN’s Phil Mattingly reports.