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Call for organisations to sign the Dakar Appeal against land grabbing!
Published: 21 Sep 2011
Posted in:  FAO | World Bank
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Call for organisations to sign the Dakar Appeal against land grabbing!

During the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal, in February 2011, social movements, organizations of small food producers and other CSOs released a collective appeal against land grabbing. Over 650 organizations have already endorsed it. If your organization has not signed on yet and would also like to support this appeal, please do so before 7 October 2011.

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) based in Rome at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is currently negotiating Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests. These Guidelines are supposed to protect and strengthen the access to land, fisheries and forests of small food producers. Unfortunately some powerful governments, with the support of International Financial Institutions, are reluctant to adopt strong Guidelines. They prefer a system of governance that facilitates the take-over of people's natural resources by corporate investors and other powerful actors.

Peasants affected by land grabbing will hand over the Dakar Appeal, together with the names of organizations endorsing it, to governments during the negotiations on the Guidelines in Rome from 10-14 October.

This mobilization will also contribute to pressure governments to definitively reject the World Bank-driven Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI).

Land grabbing has to be stopped, it cannot be made "responsible"!

Please read and sign the petition here: http://www.dakarappeal.org
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We strongly support the mobilization to pressure governments to reject the World-Bank driven Principles for responsible Agricultural Investment RAN). There is no way land grabbing can be considered to be responsible.
Syed Amiruzzaman, Columnist

Posted on 04 Oct 2011
Land grabbing can only lead to devastation and to chaos. Ultimately, it will lead to famine, drought, dust bowls and water wars since no land grabbing company can be regarded as either being responsible or having interest in the long term: they want profit now at any cost and that cost is way too high. They are accountable to no-one, encourage corruption, displace indigenous peoples, destroy environments, divest water and in all are a very great evil that need to be resisted at all cost.
Jeremy James

Posted on 27 Sep 2011
We strongly support the mobilization to pressure governments to reject the World-Bank driven Principles for responsible Agricultural Investment RAN). There is no way land grabbing can be considered to be responsible.
The Second Chance Fd., NYC

Posted on 22 Sep 2011

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