Thursday, October 25, 2012
PUBLICATION: “Our Land, Our Lives” (Oxfam Report)
In a new report, Oxfam recommends that the World Bank freeze its own land investments and review its policy and practice to prevent land-grabbing.
With food prices spiking for the third time in four years, interest in land could accelerate again as rich countries try to secure their food supplies and investors see land as a good long-term bet. All too often, forced evictions of poor farmers are a consequence of these rapidly increasing land deals in developing countries. As the world’s leading standard-setter and a big investor itself, the World Bank should freeze its own land investments and review its policy and practice to prevent land-grabbing. In the past the Bank has chosen to freeze lending when poor standards have caused dispossession and suffering. It needs to do so again, in order to play a key role in stopping the global land rush.
The report is available here in English, French, and Spanish.