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'Our Land, Our Lives': Time Out on the Global Land Rush

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Geary, Kate
Date: 2012
Agency: Oxfam International, Oxford, UK
Series: OXFAM Briefing Note
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/8465
Sector: Land Tenure & Use
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Subject(s): land tenure and use
agriculture
Abstract: "With food prices spiking for the third time in four years, interest in land could accelerate again as rich countries try to secure their food supplies and investors see land as a good long-term bet. All too often, forced evictions of poor farmers are a consequence of these rapidly increasing land deals in developing countries. As the world’s leading standard-setter and a big investor itself, the World Bank should freeze its own land investments and review its policy and practice to prevent land-grabbing. In the past the Bank has chosen to freeze lending when poor standards have caused dispossession and suffering. It needs to do so again, in order to play a key role in stopping the global land rush."

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