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September 2012

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September 2012

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Responsible farmland investing? Current efforts to regulate land grabs will make things worse
Banner created by communities of Grand Cape Mount, Liberia, in protest at the loss of their customary land to Sime Darby without their free, prior and informed consent. Photo: Justin Kenrick.

¤ 21 September 2012
Translations: English (original) .

While Rio+20 was being staged, international agencies and the international financial world blissfully pursued what amounts to the confiscation of land that serves to preserve biodiversity and food self-sufficiency, in short, the very life of its inhabitants, in order to put it to work for transnational corporations. They are calling this “large-scale land acquisitions” to gloss over what is actually land grabbing and they claim they are developing “responsible” regulation, which in any case would never be binding. Initiatives to stop this perverse and ultimately criminal process are underway, but this is a huge, uphill battle. We need to stop the financing of land grabs, not make them acceptable.

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