A landmark report from the Oakland Institute elevates the voices of communities across the country who are opposing the theft of their land, made possible by the corrupt practices of local officials and foreign logging and palm oil companies.
Cables obtained by the non-profit Oakland Institute through a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that U.S. government officials pushed Cameroon to approve a deeply controversial oil palm development owned by Herakles Farms.
Oakland Institute founder Anuradha Mittal profiles the heroic, dangerous work of Global South land rights activists like Nasako Besingi and Pastor Omot Agwa, who face violence and terror charges from hostile governments.
The land rush unleashed around the world to own and exploit Earth’s natural bounty is not only fierce and unfair, but increasingly fatal, with lands, homes and forests bulldozed and cleared for foreign investors.
My Home, My Land is a graphic representation that dismantles the myths promoted by donor countries, development agencies, and corporations about the positive effects of foreign direct investments through large-scale land acquisitions.
On Monday, March 23th the World Bank's Conference on Land and Poverty begins in the US. But farmer organizations, indigenous groups, trade unions and others denounce the whole exercise as a sham that is all about accelerating corporate land grabs and robbing the poor that the Bank was founded to assist.