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.
Farmer organizations, indigenous groups, trade unions and other civil society organizations, under the umbrella of Our Land Our Business, call World Bank’s annual Conference on Land and Poverty a sham.
Investment in agricultural production and trade often harms the rights of local and indigenous peoples while failing to contribute significantly to economic development, according to a new report from the Rights and Resources Institute.
The approach taken by Ethiopia and India to reaching development goals and fulfilling environmental promises by leasing or buying large tracts of fertile land affects land, water and indigenous people.
Changes and sudden loss of lands for indigenous people have far-reaching implications besides livelihood, income, and food. Despite pressure on indigenous communities, people are finding ways to defend their rights.