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Stop land grabbing now!
Published: 22 Apr 2010
Posted in:  FIAN | GRAIN | Via Campesina | World Bank
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STOP LAND GRABBING NOW!!

Say NO to the principles of “responsible” agro-enterprise investment promoted by the World Bank

State and private investors, from Citadel Capital to Goldman Sachs, are leasing or buying up tens of millions of hectares of farmlands in Asia, Africa and Latin America for food and fuel production. This land grabbing is a serious threat for the food sovereignty of our peoples and the right to food of our rural communities. In response to this new wave of land grabbing, the World Bank (WB) is promoting a set of seven principles to guide such investments and make them successful. The FAO, IFAD and UNCTAD have agreed to join the WB in collectively pushing these principles.[1] Their starting point is the fact that the current rush of private sector interest to buy up farmland is risky. After all, the WB has just finalised a study showing the magnitude of this trend and its central focus on transferring rights over agricultural land in developing countries to foreign investors. The WB seems convinced that all private capital flows to expand global agribusiness operations where they have not yet taken hold are good and must be allowed to proceed so that the corporate sector can extract more wealth from the countryside. Since these investment deals are hinged on massive privatisation and transfer of land rights, the WB wants them to meet a few criteria to reduce the risks of social backlash: respect the rights of existing users of land, water and other resources (by paying them off); protect and improve livelihoods at the household and community level (provide jobs and social services); and do no harm to the environment. These are the core ideas behind the WB's seven principles for socially acceptable land grabbing.

These principles will not accomplish their ostensible objectives. They are rather a move to try to legitimize land grabbing. Facilitating the long-term corporate (foreign and domestic) takeover of rural people's farmlands is completely unacceptable no matter which guidelines are followed. The WB's principles, which would be entirely voluntary, aim to distract from the fact that today's global food crisis, marked by more than 1 billion people going hungry each day, will not be solved by large scale industrial agriculture, which virtually all of these land acquisitions aim to promote.

Land grabbing has already started to intensify in many countries over the past 10-15 years with the adoption of deregulation policies, trade and investment agreements, and market oriented governance reforms. The recent food and financial crises have provided the impetus for a surge in land grabbing by governments and financial investors trying to secure agricultural production capacity and future food supplies as well as assets that are sure to fetch high returns. Wealthy governments have sought to lease agricultural lands for long periods of time to feed their populations and industries back home. At the same time, corporations are seeking long term economic concessions for plantation agriculture to produce agro-fuels, rubber, oils, etc. These trends are also visible in coastal areas, where land, marine resources and water bodies are being sold, leased, or developed for tourism to corporate investors and local elites, at the expense of artisanal fishers and coastal communities. One way or the other, agricultural lands and forests are being diverted away from smallhold producers, fishers and pastoralists to commercial purposes, and leading to displacement, hunger and poverty.

With the current farmland grab, corporate driven globalisation has reached a new phase that will undermine peoples’ self-determination, food sovereignty and survival as never before. The WB and many governments see land and rights to land, as a crucial asset base for corporations seeking high returns on capital since land is not only the basis for producing food and raw materials for the new energy economy, but also a way to capture water. Land is being revalued on purely economic terms by the WB, governments and corporations and in the process, the multi-functionality, and ecological, social and cultural values of land are being negated. It is thus more important than ever that these resources are defended from corporate and state predation and instead be made available to those who need them to feed themselves and others sustainably, and to survive as communities and societies.

Land grabbing – even where there are no related forced evictions – denies land for local communities, destroys livelihoods, reduces the political space for peasant oriented agricultural policies and distorts markets towards increasingly concentrated agribusiness interests and global trade rather than towards sustainable peasant/smallhold production for local and national markets. Land grabbing will accelerate eco-system destruction and the climate crisis because of the type of monoculture oriented, industrial agricultural production that many of these “acquired” lands will be used for. Promoting or permitting land grabbing violates the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and undermines the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Land grabbing ignores the principles adopted by the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ICARRD) in 2006 and the recommendations made by the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD).

Land grabbing must be immediately stopped. The WB’s principles attempt to create the illusion that land grabbing can proceed without disastrous consequences to peoples, communities, eco-systems and the climate. This illusion is false and misleading. Farmer's and indigenous peoples organisations, social movements and civil society groups largely agree that what we need instead is to:

  1. Keep land in the hands of local communities and implement genuine agrarian reform in order to ensure equitable access to land and natural resources.
  2. Heavily support agro-ecological peasant, smallhold farming, fishing and pastoralism, including participatory research and training programmes so that small-scale food providers can produce ample, healthy and safe food for everybody.
  3. Overhaul farm and trade policies to embrace food sovereignty and support local and regional markets that people can participate in and benefit from.
  4. Promote community-oriented food and farming systems hinged on local people's control over land, water and biodiversity. Enforce strict mandatory regulations that curb the access of corporations and other powerful actors (state and private) to agricultural, coastal and grazing lands, forests, and wetlands.

No principles in the world can justify land grabbing!

La Via Campesina • FIAN • Land Research Action Network • GRAIN

22 April 2010

Statement co-sponsored by:

Africa

African Biodiversity Network (ABN)

Anywaa Survival Organisation, Ethiopia

Association Centre Ecologique Albert Schweitzer (CEAS BURKINA), Burkina Faso

Coordination Nationale des Usagers des Ressources Naturelles du Bassin du Niger au Mali, Mali

CNCR (Conseil National de Concertation et de Coopération des Ruraux), Sénégal

Collectif pour la Défense des Terres Malgaches TANY, Madagascar

Confédération Paysanne du Congo, Congo RDC

COPAGEN (Coalition pour la protection du patrimoine génétique africaine)

East African Farmers Federation (EAFF)

Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers' Forum (ESAFF)

Economic Justice Network of FOCCISA, Southern Africa

Food Security, Policy and Advocacy Network (FoodSPAN), Ghana

FORA/DESC, Niger

Ghana Civil Society Coalition on Land (CICOL), Ghana

Haki Ardhi, Tanzania

Inades-Formation

IPACC (Indigenous People of Africa Co-ordinating Committee)

London International Oromo Workhshop Group, Ethiopia

ROPPA (Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et des Producteurs de l'Afrique de l'Ouest)

Synergie Paysanne, Bénin

Asia

Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA), Indonesia

All Nepal Peasants' Association (ANPA), Nepal

Alternative Agriculture Network, Thailand

Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao (AFRIM), Philippines

Andhra Pradesh Vyvasaya Vruthidarula Union (APVVU), India

Anti Debt Coalition (KAU), Indonesia

Aquila Ismail, Pakistan

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

Bantad Mountain Range Conservation Network, Thailand

Biothai (Thailand)

Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia, Cambodia

Centre for Agrarian Reform, Empowerment and Transformation, Inc., Philippines

Centro Saka, Inc., Philippines

CIDSE, Lao PDR

Daulat Institute, Indonesia

Delhi Forum, India

Focus on the Global South, India, Thailand, Philippines

Foundation for Ecological Recovery/TERRA, Thailand

Four Regions Slum Network, Thailand

Friends of the Earth Indonesia (WALHI), Indonesia

HASATIL, Timor Leste

IMSE, India

Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF), India

Indonesian Fisher folk Union (SNI), Indonesia

Indonesian Human Rights Committee for Social Justice (IHCS), Indonesia

Indonesian Peasant' Union (SPI). Indonesia

International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), India

Kelompok Studi dan Pengembangan Prakarsa Masyarakat/Study Group for the People Initiative     Development (KSPPM), Indonesia

KIARA-Fisheries Justice Coalition of Indonesia, Indonesia

Klongyong and Pichaipuben Land Cooperatives, Thailand

Land Reform Network of Thailand, Thailand

Lokoj Institute, Bangladesh

MARAG, India

Melanesian Indigenous Land Defense Alliance (MILDA)

My Village, Cambodia

National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO), Sri Lanka

National Fishworkers Forum, India

National Forum of Forest Peoples and Forest Workers, India

Northeastern Land Reform Network, Thailand

Northern Peasant Federation, Thailand

NZNI, Mongolia

PARAGOS-Pilipinas, Philippines

Pastoral Peoples Movement, India

PCC, Mongolia

People's Coalition for the Rights to Water (KruHA), Indonesia

PERMATIL (Permaculture), Timor-Leste

Perween Rehman, Pakistan

Project for Ecological Awareness Building (EAB),Thailand

Roots for Equity, Pakistan

Sintesa Foundation, Indonesia

Social Action for Change, Cambodia

Solidarity Workshop, Bangladesh

Southern Farmer Federation, Thailand

Sustainable Agriculture Foundation, Thailand

The NGO Forum on Cambodia, Cambodia

Village Focus Cambodia, Cambodia

Village Focus International, Lao PDR

World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), Sri Lanka

Latin America

Asamblea de Afectados Ambientales, México

BIOS, Argentina

COECO-Ceiba (Amigos de la Tierra), Costa Rica

FIAN Comayagua, Honduras

Grupo Semillas, Colombia

Red de Biodiversidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Red en Defensa del Maiz, México

REL-UITA

Sistema de la Investigación de la Problemática Agraria del Ecuador (SIPAE), Ecuador

Europe

Both Ends, Netherlands

CADTM, Belgium

Centre Tricontinental – CETRI, Belgium

CNCD-11.11.11, Belgium

Comité belgo-brasileiro, Belgium

Entraide et Fraternité, Belgium

FIAN Austria

FIAN Belgium

FIAN France

FIAN Netherlands

FIAN Norway

FIAN Sweden

FUGEA, Belgium

Guatemala Solidarität, Austria

SOS Faim – Agir avec le Sud, Belgium

The Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, Italy

The Transnational Institute (TNI), Netherlands

Uniterre, Switzerland

North America

Agricultural Missions, Inc. (AMI), USA

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, USA

Cumberland Countians for Peace & Justice, USA

Grassroots International, USA

National Family Farm Coalition, USA

Network for Environmental & Economic Responsibility, United Church of Christ, USA

Pete Von Christierson, USA

PLANT (Partners for the Land & Agricultural Needs of Traditional Peoples), USA

Raj Patel, Visiting Scholar, Center for African Studies, University of California at Berkeley, USA

The Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First), USA

Why Hunger, USA

International

FIAN International

Friends of the Earth International

GRAIN

La Vía Campesina

Land Research Action Network (LRAN)

World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous People (WAMIP)

World Rainforest Movement (WRM)

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[1] "Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment that Respects Rights, Livelihoods and Resources " Available at: http://www.donorplatform.org/component/option,com_docman/task,doc_view/gid,1280

 

 

 

 

Statement co-sponsored by:

 

 

 

Africa

 

African Biodiversity Network (ABN)

 

Anywaa Survival Organisation, Ethiopia

 

Association Centre Ecologique Albert Schweitzer (CEAS BURKINA), Burkina Faso

 

Coordination Nationale des Usagers des Ressources Naturelles du Bassin du Niger au Mali, Mali

 

CNCR (Conseil National de Concertation et de Coopération des Ruraux), Sénégal

 

Collectif pour la Défense des Terres Malgaches TANY, Madagascar

 

Confédération Paysanne du Congo, Congo RDC

 

COPAGEN (Coalition pour la protection du patrimoine génétique africaine)

 

East African Farmers Federation (EAFF)

 

Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers' Forum (ESAFF)

 

Economic Justice Network of FOCCISA, Southern Africa

 

Food Security, Policy and Advocacy Network (FoodSPAN), Ghana

 

FORA/DESC, Niger

 

Ghana Civil Society Coalition on Land (CICOL), Ghana

 

Haki Ardhi, Tanzania

 

Inades-Formation

 

IPACC (Indigenous People of Africa Co-ordinating Committee)

 

London International Oromo Workhshop Group, Ethiopia

 

ROPPA (Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et des Producteurs de l'Afrique de l'Ouest)

 

Synergie Paysanne, Bénin

 

 

 

Asia

 

Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA), Indonesia

 

All Nepal Peasants' Association (ANPA), Nepal

 

Alternative Agriculture Network, Thailand

 

Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao (AFRIM), Philippines

 

Andhra Pradesh Vyvasaya Vruthidarula Union (APVVU), India

 

Anti Debt Coalition (KAU), Indonesia

 

Aquila Ismail, Pakistan

 

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

 

Bantad Mountain Range Conservation Network, Thailand

 

Biothai (Thailand)

 

Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia, Cambodia

 

Centre for Agrarian Reform, Empowerment and Transformation, Inc., Philippines

 

Centro Saka, Inc., Philippines

 

CIDSE, Lao PDR

 

Daulat Institute, Indonesia

 

Delhi Forum, India

 

Focus on the Global South, India, Thailand, Philippines

 

Foundation for Ecological Recovery/TERRA, Thailand

 

Four Regions Slum Network, Thailand

 

Friends of the Earth Indonesia (WALHI), Indonesia

 

HASATIL, Timor Leste

 

IMSE, India

 

Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF), India

 

Indonesian Fisher folk Union (SNI), Indonesia

 

Indonesian Human Rights Committee for Social Justice (IHCS), Indonesia

 

Indonesian Peasant' Union (SPI). Indonesia

 

International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), India

 

Kelompok Studi dan Pengembangan Prakarsa Masyarakat/Study Group for the People Initiative Development (KSPPM), Indonesia

 

KIARA-Fisheries Justice Coalition of Indonesia, Indonesia

 

Klongyong and Pichaipuben Land Cooperatives, Thailand

 

Land Reform Network of Thailand, Thailand

 

Lokoj Institute, Bangladesh

 

MARAG, India

 

Melanesian Indigenous Land Defense Alliance (MILDA)

 

My Village, Cambodia

 

National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO), Sri Lanka

 

National Fishworkers Forum, India

 

National Forum of Forest Peoples and Forest Workers, India

 

Northeastern Land Reform Network, Thailand

 

Northern Peasant Federation, Thailand

 

NZNI, Mongolia

 

PARAGOS-Pilipinas, Philippines

 

Pastoral Peoples Movement, India

 

PCC, Mongolia

 

People's Coalition for the Rights to Water (KruHA), Indonesia

 

PERMATIL (Permaculture), Timor-Leste

 

Perween Rehman, Pakistan

 

Project for Ecological Awareness Building (EAB),Thailand

 

Roots for Equity, Pakistan

 

Sintesa Foundation, Indonesia

 

Social Action for Change, Cambodia

 

Solidarity Workshop, Bangladesh

 

Southern Farmer Federation, Thailand

 

Sustainable Agriculture Foundation, Thailand

 

The NGO Forum on Cambodia, Cambodia

 

Village Focus Cambodia, Cambodia

 

Village Focus International, Lao PDR

 

World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), Sri Lanka

 

 

 

Latin America

 

Asamblea de Afectados Ambientales, México

 

BIOS, Argentina

 

COECO-Ceiba (Amigos de la Tierra), Costa Rica

 

FIAN Comayagua, Honduras

 

Grupo Semillas, Colombia

 

Red de Biodiversidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica

 

Red en Defensa del Maiz, México

 

REL-UITA

 

Sistema de la Investigación de la Problemática Agraria del Ecuador (SIPAE), Ecuador

 

 

 

Europe

 

Both Ends, Netherlands

 

CADTM, Belgium

 

Centre Tricontinental – CETRI, Belgium

 

CNCD-11.11.11, Belgium

 

Comité belgo-brasileiro, Belgium

 

Entraide et Fraternité, Belgium

 

FIAN Austria

 

FIAN Belgium

 

FIAN France

 

FIAN Netherlands

 

FIAN Norway

 

FIAN Sweden

 

FUGEA, Belgium

 

Guatemala Solidarität, Austria

 

SOS Faim – Agir avec le Sud, Belgium

 

The Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, Italy

 

The Transnational Institute (TNI), Netherlands

 

Uniterre, Switzerland

 

 

 

North America

 

Agricultural Missions, Inc. (AMI), USA

 

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, USA

 

Cumberland Countians for Peace & Justice, USA

 

Grassroots International, USA

 

National Family Farm Coalition, USA

 

Network for Environmental & Economic Responsibility, United Church of Christ, USA

 

Pete Von Christierson, USA

 

PLANT (Partners for the Land & Agricultural Needs of Traditional Peoples), USA

 

Raj Patel, Visiting Scholar, Center for African Studies, University of California at Berkeley, USA

 

The Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First), USA

 

Why Hunger, USA

 

 

 

International

 

FIAN International

 

Friends of the Earth International

 

GRAIN

 

La Vía Campesina

 

Land Research Action Network (LRAN)

 

World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous People (WAMIP)

 

World Rainforest Movement (WRM)

 



Comments
What the Louis Dreyfus Group and others is doing to our land and forest is hideous. Why does Julia Louis Dreyfus march around the White House regarding the Keystone pipeline rather than march around the White House to stop the Louis Dreyfus Group and its many businesses. I do not believe one word out of her mouth or Robert Redford...they do not speak up against the LDG...plus, we can't forget that she never said a word about the Louis Dreyfus Group when it was building its pipelines...
Mindy Rodriguez

Posted on 02 Jun 2012
Like anyone who is not insanely greedy, I condemn the land-grab movement, one of many indications of how mafias have infiltrated government and business both physically and morally: indeed, the mafia mentality is prevalent in all sectors of society. The question is, what can one do? Is there a united international platform through which these many national groups can act collectively? What action is being taken?
Leon Stephens

Posted on 14 Sep 2011
As director of the Naga Foundation I speak for all of us when I whole-heartedly pledge our support to your effort in creating awareness for and trying to put a stop to this condemnable practice The fact that institutes such as WB & FAO support this deplorable practice proves that the Scientific Elite and their power-broking cronies are merely interested in maintaining their status and not in showing good stewartship to keep the world a place of Bountiful living it could so easily be.
Fried-Jan Unger

Posted on 30 Jan 2011
we are experiencing the sort but let stood hard and together so that answer what is really going wrong with these greedy guys around the world.
william keah

Posted on 14 Nov 2010
We were colonised by the forefathers of these people. They bought our great grand parents using salt,gun powder and clothes. Now they want to do the same using technology and hidden clauserp. Not now!
mulimi okhumudwa

Posted on 11 Oct 2010
Quiero expresar mi apoyo... desde la patagonia chilena...
alfredo pérez cereceda

Posted on 20 Jun 2010
Agrecol (Association for AgriCulture & Ecology), Germany, supports the “Stop land grabbing now” initiative. These principles of agro-enterprise development pave the way for an “orderly” foreign investment and read like a declaration of bankruptcy on the part of FAO / IFAD / World Bank with regard to development of smallholder agriculture. The principles serve as a “fig leaf” to cover up the continuation of unjust confiscation of land from poor and vulnerable people.
Ann Waters-Bayer on behalf of Agrecol Association, Goettingen, Germany

Posted on 10 Jun 2010
We unreserably support your statement issued in favour of continued local farm land ownership and environmentally based food production and against farm landgrabs by foreign investors. The right to a liberty , basic living standard including food,housing and health is unnegotiable . Those who lack nothing as regards their own material life, have no right to deprive others of a basic life. Food is not a item for speculation and making excess profits at the expense of those who lack their basic needs for life. Agricultural land is not something to to purchased by the wealthy for diversification and higher return on their asset portofolio. The right to food and life must not be violated. regards Andrew Muller for Pitt Street Earth and Social Justice Group
Pitt Street Earth and Social Justice Group

Posted on 15 May 2010
The role of commons and common property resources in rural economies is well established and does not need to be belaboured. So governments are primarily giving away common lands in this 'landgrab programme' since by default it is owned by the Government. I think it is very critical to push collectively for a robust governance of commons both internationally and in our individual countries. In the absence of this, fighting this battle will be difficult particularly in Asia and Africa. And now the World Bank is condoning it and actually saying it is a 'win-win' situation...so much for the Bank alleviating poverty!!!
Dr. Radha Gopalan

Posted on 14 May 2010
In the name of Leichhardt Peace Group we condemn in the strongest terms these inhuman practices, that will ultimately lead to more wars and more military bases by the empire. In Soulidarity.
Leichardt Peace Group Sydney Australia

Posted on 10 May 2010
"The only thing the rich have ever wanted is EVERYTHING." Prof. Michael Parenti. I whole-heartedly agree with this statement. Conquering people and the planet is nothing but a child's game and reflects the deep sadness and emotional emptiness that wealthy people feel. Rich people are an empty and pathetic cliche' and why anyone wants to be rich (owning material things) than happy is BEYOND my comprehension! I pitty these people!!
Mindy Stone

Posted on 07 May 2010
Please add Welthaus Dioezese Graz-Seckau to the list of organizations that supporting "stop Landgrabbing now" sigrun Zwanzger
Sigrun Zwanzger

Posted on 05 May 2010
Bread for all / Pain pour le prochain / Brot für alle, Switzerland, supports this camapign and statement. Miges Baumann, Head Development Policy, Bread for all
Bread for all - Pain pour le prochain - Brot für alle

Posted on 28 Apr 2010
Africa Contact, Denmark wish to sign the statement Stop Langgrabbing Now - http://farmlandgrab.org/12200 Keep up the good work, Best regards, Carsten Pedersen On behlaf of the Board Africa Contact Denmark www.afrika.dk
Carsten Pedersen

Posted on 26 Apr 2010
In the name of the Aniban ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (AMA) Philippines or Union of Agricultural Workers, we submit our support to the global struggle against land grabbing. Pls. include as in your email group and fill us with updates on the campaign. We are also interested in joining in any actions and activities towards defeating this. In the name of our organization Val Vibal National Vice President AMA - Philippines
Val Vibal

Posted on 26 Apr 2010
Africa Contact, Denmark (www.afrika.dk) wish to sign the statement. This extremely aggressive for of colonialism - supported by governments of rich nations - is unacceptable.
Africa Contact, Denmark

Posted on 25 Apr 2010
Monsanto practices another land-grab in terms of its GMO,s . We are organic farmers and cannot be "organic" when the Genetically modified pollen are being blown all over the place. I have seen this happen in Mexico as well and as a result the Mexican farmers are losing their maize varieties bred for specific purposes. It wreaks havoc! Monsanto should be held responsible and should be held responsible for "crimes against humanity" and be tried in the International Court.
Ineke, Canadian organic farmer.

Posted on 24 Apr 2010
Please add the Development Fund (Norway) to the list of organizations supporting the sign on letter STOP LAND GRABBING NOW!! . Thank you for the good work. The Development Fund, Norway (www.utviklingsfondet.no)
Aksel Naerstad

Posted on 24 Apr 2010
Kindly register our support for the statement. Thank you and kind regards. Javier M. Claparols Director Ecological Society of the Philippines http://www.esp.org.ph
Javier M. Claparols

Posted on 24 Apr 2010
Dear China Farmer: No one took your comment down.
GRAIN

Posted on 23 Apr 2010
Here is a link to our blog at A World to Win, reporting and supporting your excellent statement. http://www.aworldtowin.net/blog/socially-acceptable-land-grab-rejected.html
A World to Win

Posted on 23 Apr 2010
Why do you take my comment down? Why do you not allow discent on this site? Where is democracy?
China Farmer

Posted on 23 Apr 2010
Land in most parts of Africa is customarily and communally owned. Make no mistake of that. This means every member of a tribe has an inalienable, secure right to that land and territory. If so-called investors are keen to help these communities and their countries, there is nothing preventing this happening through small-scale, local, family owned farming systems. After all, this system has shown the capacity to absorb investment in the cocoa, and ground industries in Ghana, Gambia, Senegal, Ivory Coast for over a century. With strong reservations about our ongoing dependence on export-driven primary-product economies, one can still argue that these small-scale, family-based groundnut/cocoa farming continue to hold the key to long-term sustainable development of those industries. So why do the Chinese, Arab, European and other industrial rich people want to take away the rights of these poor communities? Are we not merely deepening their suffering and creating huge challenges for future generations most of whom will end up as illegal immigrants in European countries - hounded lie animals? If the World Bank wants to destroy our cultures and our identity, this is one sure way of doing so because in indigenous societies, land rights are intricately linked ancestry. And while there are issues around rights of women and non-indigenes, I do not see a role for the state selling away what it does not own. Looked another away, we are only investing future conflict, political instability, and increasing dependence by so-called developing countries on the industrialized nations. With all their goodwill, no country is giving money for free..
Natureswisdom

Posted on 22 Apr 2010
No one cares. The truth is that no one really cares. Industrial farming has taken over the world and corporations like Monsanto have already moved whole nations into forced mono-crop production and farmer enslavement. In the United States our farmers are slaves to Tyson, Smithfield, Perdue and Monsanto, This is not a figurative expression. They literally must produce under horrible conditions and are not allowed to protest or talk about the situation. It is not a secret. No one cares. The American people do not care, as is evident by their consumption of food products. The farmer in China has no idea? Really? Do people not see what has happened in India? Are those farmers rich? The West will help you for sure! You will be lured with the promise of superior technology and independent wealth. Your reality will be very sad. It is too sad for all of us. I do not see any hope. No one really cares.
Christine

Posted on 22 Apr 2010
The members of Africa-Europe Faith & Justice Network fully support this campaign as the so-called "land grabbing" threatens the Human Rights of small farmers in Africa, the future generations too.
Africa-Europe Faith & Justice Network (AEFJN)

Posted on 22 Apr 2010
This sounds like it was written by a westerner who does not understand local situations and does not wish to help people get out of poverty. Where is analysis? Why do westerners wish to help poor people but not help poor people be rich?
China Farmer

Posted on 22 Apr 2010
We, that is The Second Chance Foundation of NYC strongly support your statement relating to Land Grabs. This is another form of twenty First Century colonialism and must be fought in every way possible. Dr. joan P Mencher, Chair
Dr. Joan P Mencher

Posted on 22 Apr 2010

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