World Bank accused of destroying traditional farming to support corporate land grabs

Oakland Institute and /The Rules | 31 March 2014

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kristen Thomaselli
(202) 471-4228 ext. 101
kristen@keybridge.biz

OAKLAND, Calif. (March 31) — Today, the Oakland Institute and /The Rules, along with other NGOs, farmer and consumer organizations from around the world launch a campaign, Our Land Our Business, to hold the World Bank accountable for its role in the rampant theft of land and resources from some of the world’s poorest people–farmers, pastoralists, and indigenous communities, many of whom are essential food producers for the entire planet. “The World Bank is facilitating land grabs and sowing poverty by putting the interests of foreign investors before those of locals,” said Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute. “Smallholder farmers and herders are currently feeding 80 percent of the developing world. Casting them aside in favor of industrial farming corporations from the West betrays the World Bank’s reckless and short term approach to development,” said Alnoor Ladha, Executive Director of /The Rules……

http://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/23343#sthash.czZr6rwR.dpuf

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