World farmers are not part of the official delegations at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) food summit on food security that opened here Monday. But they came anyhow to express their views, since, they say, it is their communities that are most impacted by the food crisis.
The private sector can play a key role in the fight against hunger, but humanitarian groups accuse multi-nationals of mounting an "offensive" to take over the agricultural sector in the developing world.
Del 13 al 17 de noviembre de 2009, representantes de organizaciones campesinas y movimientos sociales que han participado directamente en la lucha contra esta nueva ola de apropiación global de tierras, confluirán en Roma.
Du 13 au 17 novembre 2009, des représentants des organisations paysannes et des mouvements sociaux qui sont directement impliqués dans les luttes contre cette nouvelle vague d’accaparement des terres seront à Rome.
More than 50 heads of state will gather for a summit later this month to look at ways of policing the extraordinary "land grab" that has seen richer countries buy up at least 20m ha of farmland in Africa in the last 18 months.
The FAO's response to the acquisition of land by foreign entities will be a separate process from the development of voluntary guidelines on land tenure, but will also address issues of governance and the need for effective and fair institutions.
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation aims to draw the first ever global guidelines to ensure land access to farmers and investors, boost food security and prevent arbitrary land grabs, the FAO said on Tuesday.