July 20, 2022
The world is currently in the midst of a food price crisis, with prices of staple foods and agricultural inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides skyrocketing on global markets. As usual, the most vulnerable are being hit the hardest by these rising prices.
The good news is that more and more farmers are breaking free from the reliance on expensive and polluting pesticides and fertilizers to feed themselves and their communities.
In Malawi, Luwayo and Grace Biswick run the Permaculture Paradise Institute. By using agroecological practices, they have transformed their land to produce an abundant diversity of crops year-round. They have also made their livelihoods resilient to climate shocks and market volatility, while saving on agricultural inputs.
Hear their story and how they are helping scale up agroecology in a country in urgent need of a new path forward on the latest episode of For Land & Life – The Oakland Institute Podcast.
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March 3, 2022
This episode explores the devastating impact privatized, neocolonial wildlife conservation and safari tourism have had on Indigenous pastoral communities, specifically in Northern Kenya.
Since its founding in 2004, the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) has set up 43 "community" conservancies on over 42,000 square kilometers of land in Northern and Coastal Kenya – nearly 8 percent of the country's total land area. Although terms like “participatory,” “community driven,” and “local empowerment” are extensively used by NRT, this episode amplifies the voices of pastoralist communities who have been dispossessed of their ancestral lands, through corruption, cooptation, and sometimes through intimidation and violence, to create wildlife conservancies for conservation dollars. Guests include:
- Anuradha Mittal, Oakland Institute Executive Director and author of the Stealth Game report
- Abdinoor Dima Jillo, member of the Borana Council of Elders in Isiolo County, Kenya
- Isaiah Biwott, community member Tugen community, Baringo County, Kenya
- Violet Matiru, Executive Director, Millennium Community Development Initiatives, Kenya
Host: Andy Currier
Report available: https://www.oaklandinstitute.org/stealth-game-community-conservancies-devastate-northern-kenya
December 6, 2021
If you’ve participated in any mobilizations over the past decade, chances are you’ve seen the work of today’s guest, Oakland Institute Senior Fellow David Solnit.
A climate justice, global justice, anti-war, arts, and direct action organizer, David is also an author, a puppeteer, and a trainer. He was a key organizer in the shutdowns of the WTO in Seattle in 1999 and in San Francisco the day after Iraq was invaded in 2003. Today is he deeply involved in climate action protests.
In this episode, David reflects on decades spent on the front lines of some of the most important mobilizations and shares his thoughts on the role art can play in resistance movements.
To see David's work firsthand and stay up to date on his current organizing see: https://www.facebook.com/david.solnit
September 19, 2021
The second episode in a two part series exploring resistance to the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit and mapping out sustainable, bottom-up approaches to food sovereignty. Featuring Elizabeth Mpofu (La Via Campesina), Alejandro Argumedo (Swift Foundation) & Anuradha Mittal (Oakland Institute)
Intro: Chivy Sok
Host: Andy Currier
For more see: //www.oaklandinstitute.org/food-systems-summit
September 13, 2021
The first episode in a two part series exploring resistance to the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit and mapping out sustainable, bottom-up approaches to food sovereignty. Featuring Nnimmo Bassey (Health of Mother Earth Foundation) and Kristen Lyons (Professor of Environment and Development Sociology, U Queensland).
Intro: Chivy Sok
Host: Andy Currier
For more see: https://www.oaklandinstitute.org/food-systems-summit
February 22, 2021
Oakland Institute Senior Fellow, journalist and photographer David Bacon discusses the history of exploitation of the H-2A worker program and how it creates a race to the bottom for all farmworkers.
Will the Biden administration protect the profits of growers and expand the H-2A program or will it stand with farmworkers who labor in the fields to keep our country fed?
January 19, 2021
Kathryn Manga of KMP (Peasants Movement of the Philippines) joins to discuss how farmers faced with land grabs and violent repression continue to struggle for genuine agrarian reform and a better future in the Philippines.
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Music: Mike Mell
December 9, 2020
Today's episode features Angely Rodriguez and Maria Ceja - two McDonald’s workers who went on a historic strike in response to the company’s failure to provide the bare minimum to protect its workers as COVID-19 ran rampant through their Telegraph Ave location in North Oakland.
To learn more and get involved visit: www.fastfoodjusticeahora.com.
Hosted by Andy Currier
Music: Michael & Randy Mell
October 13, 2020
The Oakland Institute Policy Director Frederic Mousseau joins to discuss how despite an abundance of natural resource wealth, Papua New Guinea’s reliance on large scale extraction projects has failed to provide development for its people. Instead of allowing foreign corporations to evade taxes and bank profits offshore, PNG must change course to provide people centered development.