EU moves towards sustainable trade

The proposal of the European Parliament is aimed to reduce environmental destruction and to increase human rights protection in the supply chain. Photo: Rainforest Rescue 2014/Flickr

Av: Aarne Hakomäki och Stefanie Scharmann

On 27 January 2021, the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (EP) adopted a draft for a European supply chain law. The draft proposes strict regulations of the environmental standards and human rights within the value chains of companies.

3 maj, 2021, Magazine, News article

Global agribusiness continues to displace rural communities

Global agribusiness continues to grow with harmful consequences for smallholder farmers and rural communities. Photo: Zonc_Photos/Pixabay.

Av: Sanna Honkaniemi

Land grabs facilitated by multinational corporations, foreign investors and local governments in a pursuit for agribusiness have been escalating during the last decade. Huge acquisitions of farmland have led to violent displacements of rural populations. Although reports of the practice are not as recurrent in the media, the problem is far from over.

3 maj, 2021, Magazine, News article

Migrant agricultural workers in Italy are exploited

A Senegalese migrant worker displaying harvested tomatoes at an Italian tomato farm. Photo: Trafficking in Persons Office, Flickr

Av: Chiara D’Agni och Sofus Malte Rønberg

The agricultural sector in Southern Italy depends heavily on foreign labour forces coming from other EU member states or third countries. However, seasonal agricultural workers are more likely to experience violations of their rights. This is in order to reduce the producers’ wage costs as well as the prices charged to consumers in many countries including the Nordics.

27 april, 2021, Magazine, News article

The Global Repercussion of Farmer Protests in India

Members of various farmers associations are protesting against new laws impacting the agricultural sector, in Pendjab, India . Photo: Randeep Maddoke; randeepphotoartist@gmail.com, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Av: Anne Eliassen Theys

Since November 2020, thousands of Indian farmers protested on the streets of New Delhi against Prime Minister Modi’s agricultural reforms. Despite the fact that the government opposes international interference, this seemingly local matter has international consequences.

26 april, 2021, Magazine, News article

The SDGs in the Global North: Native Americans Lack Access to Water

Illustrating the Importance of Water in the Navajo Nation Photo: Dig Deep

Av: Alice Antoniou och Julia Mühlhauser

Covid-19 has increased awareness of the importance of sanitation globally; however, many face challenges meeting hygiene needs due to difficulties accessing clean water. Native Americans in the United States are particularly hard hit by this issue.

19 december, 2020, English, Magazine, News article, Nyhet

Europe in Africa: The reversed migration crisis

The most common illegal migrant route into Ceuta is climbing the barbed wire at the border to Morocco. Photo: Markus Barnevik Olsson.

Av: Markus Barnevik Olsson

2020 will go down in history as the year of turbulent surprises. Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco, is certainly not an exception. COVID-19 has triggered a reversed migration crisis in the EU’s barbed-fenced stronghold on the African continent.

9 november, 2020, English, FUF-korrespondenterna, Magazine, News article

UN case warrants protection for future climate change displaced persons

With the increase in sea levels, the protection walls in the Kiribati islands can no longer handle the tides Photo: Break Free/Flickr

Av: Alexandru Mocanu

A Kiribati national, after unsuccessful attempts to get asylum in New Zealand, brought his case to the UN Human Rights Committee. In spite of its negative ruling, the Committee seems to have opened the doors for granting protection for people at risk of displacement from climate change in the future.

1 juni, 2020, Magazine, News article

Jordan is running out of water

Mujib Dam, holds 35 million cubic metres of water. It primarily supplies Amman, helping to ease a very stressed national water supply. Photo: Leonardo/Flickr.

Av: Siobhán Coskeran

While Jordan’s population is increasing, its water resources are more scarce than ever. Jordan is one of the most water-poor countries in the world. Geographical disadvantages are partly to blame; its climate is one of the driest in the world, receiving just 200 millimetres of rainfall per year. Added to this, climate change is reducing […]

17 juni, 2019, English, Magazine, News article