Real Food

“Da, could you pass the greens?” I spoon a verdant tangle of steamed cavolo nero onto my plate, delighting in the contrast between the forest-green veg and the ochre-hued pea and paneer curry. It feels good to be sharing such fresh, life-giving food; I harvested the cavolo nero from my allotment just an hour ago. … Continue reading Real Food

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United Cacao in Disarray?

An AIM-listed company charged with illegally clearing rainforests to make way for cacao and oil palm plantations in the Peruvian Amazon faces an uncertain future amidst financial turmoil and organisational upheaval. “I’m expecting significant news flow from you, say in January, February 2017...” These words from April 2016, addressed by an interviewer from ProActive Investors … Continue reading United Cacao in Disarray?

Cinco cosas que aprendí sobre la palma aceitera en Ucayali

Sea lo que sea, la economía del Perú es extractivista. Es decir, las ganancias se generan mediante la extracción de una variedad de recursos naturales, que no suelen ser procesados, antes que se exportan a mercados extranjeros. Viajando por carretera desde Lima a Pucallpa, la ciudad más grande de la región amazónica de Ucayali, se … Continue reading Cinco cosas que aprendí sobre la palma aceitera en Ucayali

Five Things I Learnt About Oil Palm in Ucayali

Whatever else it may be, Peru’s economy is essentially extractivist. Which is to say, profits are generated through the extraction of a range of natural resources, which normally undergo minimal processing, before being exported to foreign markets. Travel by road from Lima to Pucallpa, the largest city in the Amazonian region of Ucayali, and you … Continue reading Five Things I Learnt About Oil Palm in Ucayali

Whose Development? Indigenous Peoples and Megaprojects in the Peruvian Amazon

El Dorado, “an inexhaustible treasure trove”, “the last, as yet unfinished page of Genesis”; for centuries, the Amazon has been the site of utopias, real and imagined. These have often been home-grown, as with so many indigenous millenarian movements: from the 16th century Tupí in search of the ‘Land Without Evil’ to the Ashaninka whose … Continue reading Whose Development? Indigenous Peoples and Megaprojects in the Peruvian Amazon

Internationalising Nonviolence: Reflections on the #RefugeeCrisis

(Originally published in Peace & Justice News, October 2015). “Our borders are under threat. Hungary is under threat and so is the whole of Europe.” These were the words spoken by Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, on 21 September 2015, the day that his government granted additional powers to the army, authorising them to deploy … Continue reading Internationalising Nonviolence: Reflections on the #RefugeeCrisis