Monthly Archives: April 2021

Beating nature at its own game

Bill Gates – Mar 14, 2017

Bill Gates met with Nate Lewis, a Caltech professor who hopes to turn sunlight into fuel to power our cars, trains, and airplanes. Learn more at

Bill Gates on the need for climate innovators

Bill Gates – Oct 17, 2018

To prevent the worst effects of climate change, we need to get to zero net greenhouse gas emissions in every sector of the economy within 50 years. Learn more at

More data, better farms

Bill Gates – Oct 9, 2018

Dancing Crow Farm is the pilot site for FarmBeats, an amazing new project that hopes to make farmers more productive by arming them with data. Learn more at

Bill Gates on myAgro

Bill Gates – Nov 14, 2018

Whenever Bill Gates travels to rural parts of the world, the farmers he meets talk about one thing that holds them back: they can’t save their money. They don’t have a safe place to put their money, since 235 million of the world’s farmers don’t have banks. MyAgro is essentially a layaway system that takes advantage of the fact that more than half of the world’s unbanked farmers own mobile phones. Each farmer gets their own MyAgro account, and once they’ve saved enough, they can use their savings to buy better seeds and fertilizer than they would have access to normally. Learn more at
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Global food regimes and China: Agrarian Conversations episode 2

Transnational Institute – Apr 29, 2021

The second episode in Agrarian Conversations webinar series will be on “Global food regimes and China”. What relationship does China have to current food regime transitioning, with the changing geographies of production, circulation and consumption of global food commodities, and the growing significance of agroecological farming? Does China’s deepening international presence portend a new form of food regime hegemony? And what might that look like? If so, what are the implications of such changing dynamics for local, national, and international political struggles for a fairer and kinder agro-food system? The webinar will be in English, Spanish, French and Mandarin.

The webinar has a conversational format with a long plenary Q&A. To allow for a dynamic conversational format, we provide an (free access) background paper for the webinar: McMichael, P. (2020). Does China’s ‘going out’strategy prefigure a new food regime?. Journal of Peasant Studies, 47(1), 116-154. Available here:…​

Speakers & panelists:

Philip McMichael, Cornell University, USA
Yan Hairong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Paul Nicholson, La Via Campesina
Refiloe Joala, PLAAS, South Africa
Andrea P. Sosa Varrotti, Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Argentina
Carol Hernandez, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Co-Chairs: Ruth Hall, PLAAS; Katie Sandwell, TNI.

The AC webinar series is a collective initiative by: Journal of Peasant Studies, Collective of Agrarian Scholar-Activists in the South (CASAS), PLAAS at University of the Western Cape, Transnational Institute (TNI), Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA), Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC), Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI), Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS), PASTRES at IDS Sussex, and RRUSHES-5 at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague.

Available here:…

Collective of Agrarian Scholar-Activists in the South (CASAS)

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Gravitas: How did the pandemic in India get out of control?

WION – Apr 30, 2021

Could experts have predicted India’s devastating second wave? Maybe not.
But, India could have been better prepared to handle the surge. WION’s Palki tells you about 4 red flags that all governments missed.

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Legal Universe: Vine Deloria Jr.

According to Deloria and Wilkins, “Whenever American minorities have raised voices of protest, they have been admonished to work within the legal system that seek its abolition.” This essential work examines the historical evolution of the legal rights of various minority groups and the relationship between these rights and the philosophical intent of the American founders.

About the Author

Vine Deloria Jr. was named by TIME magazine as one of the greatest religious thinkers of the twentieth century. He was a leading Native American scholar whose research, writings, and teachings on history, law, religion, and political science have not only changed the face of Indian country, but stand to influence future generations of Native and non-Native Americans alike. He has authored many acclaimed books. Vine Deloria Jr. passed away on November 13, 2005. Professor David E. Wilkins holds the McKnight Presidential Professorship in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. He has adjunct appointments in Political Science, Law, and American Studies. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill in 1990. Wilkins’ research and teaching interests include indigenous politics and governance, federal Indian policy and law, comparative politics, and diplomacy and constitutional development.

  • Publisher : Fulcrum Publishing (August 1, 2011)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 155591361X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1555913618
  • Item Weight : 1.48 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6 x 1.12 x 9 inches

Nine-Tenths of the Law: Enduring Dispossession in Indonesia (Yale Agrarian Studies Series): Christian Lund

The old aphorism “possession is nine-tenths of the law” is particularly relevant in Indonesia, which has seen a string of regime changes and a shifting legal landscape for property claims. Ordinary people struggle to legalize their possessions and claim rights in competition with different branches of government, as well as police, army, and private gangs. This book explores the relationship between possession and legalization across Indonesia, examining the imaginative and improvisational interpretations of law by which Indonesians navigate dispossession.


“Why do people pursue legalizing claims if the law does not live up to its promise to offer enduring predictability? Lund offers profound insights in this fundamental paradox of law.”—Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, co-author of Political and Legal Transformations of an Indonesian Polity

Nine-Tenths of the Law is a very important contribution to an emerging debate on citizenship in the postcolonial world, deftly connecting literatures on postcolonial law, citizenship, and anthropologies of the state.”—Gerry van Klinken, author of Postcolonial Citizenship in Provincial Indonesia

Nine-Tenths of the Law reflects the realities and experiences of those dealing with issues of land property, agrarian conflict, legalization, and corruption. I strongly recommend this intriguing and contemporary book.”—Professor Sulistyowati Irianto, Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia

Nine-Tenths of the Law is a timely contribution in Indonesian contemporary politics. It explores pressing agrarian matters, using a socio-legal approach, and writing from a state capacity point of view. A very comprehensive way to understand a complex issue” —Amalinda Savirani, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Nine-Tenths of the Law offers a ground-breaking and multi-dimensional understanding of the ways property is configured in relationships of power, land, and urbanization.”—Duncan McDuie-Ra, author of Borderland City in New India: Frontier to Gateway

Book Description

Regime changes and a shifting legal landscape have left ordinary Indonesians struggling to legalize their possessions in competition with the government, police, army, and private gangs. This book explores the relationship between possession and legalization, examining the imaginative and improvisational interpretations of law by which Indonesians navigate dispossession.

  • Publisher : Yale University Press (January 5, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 264 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0300251076
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0300251074
  • Item Weight : 13.5 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6.12 x 0.68 x 9.25 inches

People laughed at him when he planted trees in a DESERT! But later they were all SHOCKED… –

Life Stories

Published on Apr 21, 2021

They say it’s impossible for one person to change the world… However, the hero of our story decided to prove everyone wrong. As he believes, the main thing is to know exactly what you want from life and pursue your goal with dedication. Then you’ll be bound to succeed…