Dutch-based ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank are structurally involved in scandals concerning destruction of rainforest and land-grabbing in Asia and Africa. Milieudefensie is calling on the banks to cease financing the industrial palm oil sector.
African civil society claims that the voluntary guidelines will do nothing to prevent the continued threat to food security, forests, and the rights of African rural and indigenous communities to live on their land and feed themselves.
"Leasing or giving away a huge chunk of land to foreigners, who will produce food to be shipped to their own people, and to hope that the money gained in profits will feed the local people is the height of naivete," Gathuru Mburu of ABN said
The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa urged African leaders to resist the corporate industrialization of African agriculture which will result in massive land grabs, and for the issue to be raised at the upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen.
It is clear that the proposed solutions by corporate interests are based on acquiring large tracts of land and cheap labour for industrial scale production, serving to maintain the lifestyle of societies of over-consumption thereby exacerbating the crises both in the North and the South.
Común a todas estas operaciones, la de Daewoo incluida, es su secretismo. ONG e instituciones desconocen la totalidad de hectáreas compradas por foráneos en países pobres y a falta de que se publiquen estudios en curso, sólo pueden hacer estimaciones.