Farmers demand the World Bank and Wall Street stop grabbing their lands.
23rd April 2012. Find Full Article Here:-
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Peasants from the Bajo Aguán valley, Honduras, which is witnessing an alarming situation of violence and repression against peasant communities. On April 17, 2012, the International Day of Peasant Struggle, Honduran peasants started massive land occupations, with about 3000 farm families occupying more than 12,000 ha in at least six departments. (Photo: CC HondurasBlog via Flickr)
The World Bank is playing a leading role in a global land grab, say farmers’ movements and their international allies. The World Bank’s policies for land privatisation and concentration, have paved the way for corporations from Wall Street to Singapore to take upwards of 80 million hectares of land from rural communities across the world in the past few years, they say in a collective statement released today at the opening of the World Bank’s Conference on Land and Poverty in Washington DC.
“Rural people are losing control over land and water because of this global land grab,” says Honduran farmer leader Rafael Alegria of the international farmers’ movement La Via Campesina. “We want the land grab stopped and the lands taken to be returned to the local communities. In Honduras, we demand that the law for rural modernisation promoted by the World Bank be canceled and that a new law for agricultural transition be adopted”.
The World Bank will be meeting with government officials and private sector investors during its annual conference, where they will discuss large-scale farmland acquisitions by foreign corporations in developing countries. The World Bank will be promoting its controversial Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI).
Signed by Campagna per la Riforma della Banca Mondiale, FIAN International, Focus on the Global South, Friends of the Earth International, GRAIN, La Via Campesina, and the Transnational Institute – 23 April 2012