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Was the global summit on food security worth the effort?

Across the street from the conference, human rights and farmers' groups protested sporadically throughout the three days. Small farmers' groups put on street theatre, re-enacting scenes of land-grabbing by foreign companies, with thugs bearing sticks pretending to threaten the small land owners.

UN to regulate farmland grab deals

The UN and the World Bank are walking a tightrope in drawing up a code of conduct for farmland deals as they do not want to undermine investor confidence. Campaigners call such "win-win" codes "a nonsense".

Tierras agrícolas en peligro

Los efectos de la apropiación de tierras agrícolas por corporaciones y capitales extranjeros bajo la lupa, en vísperas de la conferencia mundial de la FAO sobre soberanía alimentaria

FAO and World Bank back food pirates

And now the bad news. FAO has taken a U-turn in its clear position on the race by food-importing countries and private companies to buy land overseas for domestic food and agriculture needs.

Declaración de GRAIN para la Conferencia de Prensa conjunta de GRAIN - Vía Campesina

El actual acaparamiento global de las tierras cultivables, donde la inversión extranjera toma el control de la tierra y el agua en los países en desarrollo, no tiene nada que ver con el fortalecimiento de la agricultura familiar y los mercados locales, que a nuestro juicio es la única manera de avanzar para lograr sistemas alimentarios que alimenten a la gente. Debe ser inmediatamente detenido.

Landgrab issue dominates summit

At the UN hunger summit in Rome wealthy food-importing nations are being accused of grabbing land from small farmers in developing countries and ignoring the plight of starving people.

Agri-business slammed: ITA

Multinational food companies have come under fire for buying up farmland in developing countries by activists holding a forum in parallel to the UN Hunger Summit.

UN softens stand on rush to buy farmland

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi calls it the “new feudalism.” Groups representing peasant farmers call it “land grabs.” The United Nations literature dispersed at this week's UN food summit in Rome calls it “direct foreign investment.”