I worked as a foreign correspondent in Brazil for the Financial Times from 1974-1979. Later I returned to Brazil for shorter periods when I worked as foreign correspondent for the Times and later for the Guardian. From 1992 to 2002 I worked as a Latin American analyst for the BBC World Service during which period I traveled regularly all over Latin America. Since then I have worked as a free-lance, regularly writing for the Guardian, the BBC, the New Scientist and Latin America Bureau.
By Sue Branford, New Internationalist
The outcome of the indigenous struggle is important to all of us. A Guarani person recently put it this way: ‘If indigenous peoples become extinct and dead, the lives of all are threatened, for we are the guardians of nature. Without forest, without water, without rivers, there is no life, there is no way for any Brazilian to survive.
By Sue Branford, Red Pepper
The global food crisis has prompted various rich countries to start buying up land in the poorer world to secure their food supplies. As well as affecting domestic food supplies in the countries affected, Sue Branford says it could be a time bomb for the world’s ability to cope with climate change.