Oxfam calls for time out on the global land rush
“Too often, land deals involve mass evictions of poor families, sometimes violently, without consultation or compensation.” Oxfam urges World Bank to freeze land deals and champion an end to land grabs by all investors. Our Land, Our Lives: Time out on the global land rush.
Oxfam is urging the World Bank to freeze its land investments in developing countries and send a clear signal to investors around the world that land grabs must be stopped.
- Transparency—ensuring that information about land deals is publicly accessible for both affected communities and local governments.
- Consultation and consent—ensuring communities are informed in advance, and can agree or refuse projects.
- Land rights and governance—strengthening poor people’s rights to land and natural resources, especially women, through better land tenure governance as set out by the Committee on World Food Security.
- Food security—ensuring that land investments do not undermine local and national food security.