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Mining Boom is a Bust for Local Development in the DRC

By Ibond Rupas A’nzam, POM, JH Democratic Republic of Congo A miner transporting bags of raw cobalt in an artisanal mining site near Lumumbashi, DRC. Photo credit: Valery Nodem The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has important mining resources. Historically, the mining sector has been the driver of the national economy. Adopting a Mining Code… Read more »

Hidden Potentials: Family Farming and the Right to Food in Cameroon

By Michel Danleu and Patrick Momba, with translation by Jaff Napoleon Bamenjo, Coordinator,  RELUFA, JH Cameroon Caption: Woman working a family farm in Njombe, Cameroon. Photo courtesy of RELUFA Nearly 850 million people around the world suffer from malnutrition; Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region hardest hit. In Cameroon, nearly three million people, or 15% of… Read more »

Andean Campesino Communities Search for Sustainability in a Context of Climate Change

By Conrado Olivera, Red Uniendo Manos Perú, Joining Hands Peru CEDEPAS worker Crisanto and community member Feliza explain how they produce organic compost using natural and accessible materials to the region. Photo courtesy of Jed Koball. Without a doubt, climate change is generating growing risks for the security of families from the high Andes of… Read more »

Campaign Work Against Herakles Farms Multiplies its Success

Jaff Napoleon Bamenjo and Ngalim Yongabi Bernard,  RELUFA, JH Cameroon Palm oil plantation in the south west region of Cameroon. Photo courtesy of RELUFA Land grabbing is a contemporary political problem in Cameroon with various interests – agro-industries, infrastructure development, mining, on-shore oil exploration and timber industries – competing for land. But one project has… Read more »

New Bolivian Mining and Metallurgy Law Highlights Conflict

New Bolivian Mining and Metallurgy Law Highlights Conflict Between Constitutional Rights and Economic Development By Elizabeth López, Volunteer, UMAVIDA, Joining Hands Bolivia Members of indigenous and social organizations carry out a sit-in around the Plaza Murillo, outside of the government headquarters, demanding the repeal of the new Mining and Metallurgy Law. May, 2014. Photo courtesy… Read more »

Hudson River Approves Resolution

Hudson River Presbytery Approves Resolution to Officially Oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) By Rev. Pamela Lupfer, Hudson River Presbytery Members of a coalition of labor, faith, environmental and community groups protest the Trans Pacific Partnership at a press conference in White Plains, New York. Photo courtesy of Wanda Van Woert. At its July 2014… Read more »