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Via SumOfUs - Monsanto versus small farmers in Guatemala - get involved

 

SumOfUs writes - What happens when small farmers in Guatemala save seeds from one year to the next, as they have for centuries? They get up to four years in prison.

That’s according to the “Monsanto Law,” which was recently struck down by Guatemala’s highest court.

But now Monsanto is saying the law is required under free trade deals, and it's likely only a matter of time before it launches a wave of lawsuits to force Guatemala to give in.

#Inequality, invisibility and Internet #BAD2014 #OCT16 #BlogAction14

It's Blog Action Day, and this year the topic is "Inequality", hence these thoughts on inequality and invisibility on the Internet:

Hype about the Internet suggests that we live in a connected world. Hype about mobile phones suggests that, even where direct Internet connectivity is still problematic, smart phones are plugging any remaining gaps. Hype suggests that even in rural areas across the globe people can all be equally on line and equally visible to each other. Imagine if that was true. 

Fantsuam celebrates 'International Day for Older People'

Age Demands Action (ADA) was launched in 2007 in 27 countries. The campaign challenges age discrimination and fights for the rights of older people. Since it started, Age Demands Action has created a sustainable environment where older people lead in bringing about tangible changes in their country and globally. The focal day of the campaign is the International Day of Older Persons on 1 October where older people take part in various awareness-raising activities and meet Governments.

January 10th 2015 - Starting the New Year with Dadamac.

The seeds of this event were sown back in 2002 when two community projects in different parts of Nigeria linked up through occasional access to the Internet and a shared connection with a contact in London.

The intervening years have given us tantalising glimpses of what the future might bring, if the world wide web becomes genuinely world-wide.

It's time to end this development disconnect

Effective development happens when financial capital and social capital are combined appropriately.

Financial capital is needed, obviously, for things that need to be bought. But there are things that can't be bought.

Social capital provides those things that can't be bought - reputation, trust, local knowledge and networks, fluency in local languages, understanding of (and being part of) local culture, vision based on insights about local opportunities and challenges.

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