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“Stop the Global Land Grab”

is it safe to say that food prices and food inflation will be talked about for years to come?…………..you betcha

“NGOs don’t mobilise people, desperation mobilises people,” said a Cambodian land activist as he related the experience of Boeung Kak villagers who were driven off their land by their own government to make way for corporate profiteering.”

“Land grabbing emerged as the hot topic in this year’s forum. The phenomenon is defined as taking possession of and/or controlling a scale of land for commercial or industrial agricultural production, which is disproportionate in size in comparison to the average land holding in the region. Stories from Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, India, Brazil and Mozambique illustrate that the phenomenon is widespread and the consequences can be dire. Land investments from overseas to secure food supplies and biofuels, speculation and resource extraction are the major drivers of this phenomenon.”

read more here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/12/global-land-grab-farmers

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UN food chief warning of global crisis

wall street greed to blame here.

“Calling for laws to curb speculation in surging commodity prices, Jacques Diouf, director general of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, told the Nikkei business newspaper in Japan that governments had to “tackle the structural causes of imbalances in the international agricultural system”.”

http://www.thenational.ae/news/worldwide/africa/un-food-chief-warns-fix-system-or-face-global-crisis