Agriculture

Oxfam against Land Grabbing


Despite the heavy rains in recent days, activists from Oxfam Italy they have not abandoned their work of awareness raising. The hot topic is the land grabbing, literally "land grabbing". The land grabbing it is that phenomenon that forces the communities of the southern hemisphere to abandon their homes and their lands. In Uganda alone, more than 22,500 people have lost their homes to make way for a British timber company, the New Forest Company (NFC).

No one has given these people an alternative reward or land. The villagers reported a Oxfam forced evictions, destruction of property, crops and livestock. Many were left destitute, without food, money or other means of support to ensure the care of their children. Oxfam is not indifferent to these phenomena, so with his activists, yesterday, February 7, he started a countryside to increase awareness of the phenomenon of land grabbing, still too little known.

The land grabbing is theland grabbing by large companies, which forces many people to abandon their homes, their land, their jobs and remain unable to earn a living. It happens in Africa and in many gods poorer countries of the world.

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Companies, groups, shares… but who finances the land grabbing? To explain it to us is the same Oxfam
There World Bank finances some of these trades and can influence the way land is bought and sold: the Bank can therefore help stop the land grabbing and to ensure that the purchase and sale of land benefits local communities instead. For this we ask the President of the World Bank, Jim Kim, to suspend the agricultural investments of the Bank and establish fairer standards that do not deprive people of their land.

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Oxfarm opened communication channels with the World Bank already in October last year. The confrontation led to the completion of some fundamental steps towards the right direction. It is just the beginning, much more work still needs to be done and the road is all uphill.


Video: In My Place: Thank you for helping fight land grabs (October 2020).