New claims of rights abuses in World Bank-funded land grabs

Published on Food Crisis and the global Land Grab (Source: Bretton Woods Project), July 3, 2012.

… As the World Bank held its Annual Conference on Land and Poverty in April, campaigners accused it once again of facilitating and legitimising ‘land grabs’ that harm local communities.

The Bank’s conference was held in late April in Washington DC to “provide a forum to discuss innovative approaches to dealing with different aspects of land governance in the context of structural change and economic transformation, climate change, increased demand for key natural resources, urban expansion and (post) conflict in a pro-poor and gender-sensitive perspective.”   

A few days earlier, on 17 April – the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle, when hundreds of protests against so-called land grabs (see Update 79, Update 78, Update 77) were staged around the world – a statement was issued by 11 civil society groups, including Focus on the Global South and La Via Campesina.

Noting that the responsible agricultural investment (RAI) principles, a set of voluntary guidelines for international land deals co-authored by the Bank (see Update 71), were “at the heart of the [conference’s] discussions”, they described them as “an attempt to cover up power imbalances so that the land grabbers and state authorities who make the deals can get what they want” …
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Links:

European Report on Development 2011/2012 – Commissioned papers, on Food Crisis and the global Land Grab, July 3, 2012; http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/2073

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