Protest Against Land-Grabbers' London Summit
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Sun Jul 1 01:56:50 BST 2012
Protest against Land-Grab Investors Summit
anon at indymedia.org (Stop Global Land Grabs!) | 30.06.2012 10:55
On Tuesday 26th June, a group of people from
environmental, development and farming groups
joined together to denounce land grabs outside an
international agricultural investors conference
in London. Organisers of the £3,660-a-head
conference call farmland one of the greatest
investments in the world and bill the summit as
an opportunity to overcome the perceived
obstacles to investment with titles of talks
such as Agriculture in Africa: land grab or untapped opportunity?
An Investors meeting at this weeks Agricultural
Investment Summit in London got a clear message
from protestors gathered outside land is for people, not for profit!
Organisers of the £3,660-a-head conference call
farmland one of the greatest investments in the
world and bill the summit as an opportunity to
overcome the perceived obstacles to investment
with titles of talks such as Agriculture in
Africa: land grab or untapped opportunity?
Conference URL Ref: http://www.terrapinn.com/2012/agri/
Protestors voiced their opinions on the pavement
outside the Victoria Park Hotel, near Victoria
Station where inside delegates were enjoying a
networking and drinks reception at the end of the
day's sessions late afternoon Tuesday (the first day of the 3 day-event).
The protestors say that City investors and
pension funds are taking land from countries and
vulnerable communities who need it to grow food,
with the increasing spread of land grab
investments buying up agricultural/forestry land
and land for prospective mining in developing
countries worldwide such as across Africa, Latin
America and the Indonesian archipelago by
financial players such as pension funds.
The summit organisers, backed by the WTO, the
World Bank and a host of financial institutions,
describe their land grabs as an emerging and
expanding asset class, and bill the summit as an
opportunity to overcome the perceived obstacles
to investment. It is time that we stand up in
solidarity with those who loose their land and
make it known that pension fund investors in
Londons square mile are key players in this global industry.
Through land grabs a few powerful corporations
are increasing their control over food and energy
production, natural resource extraction and the
lives of small-scale farmers across the world.
Invariably land grabs lead to the eviction and
displacement of local communities and increased
poverty as rural communities are forced away from
the land that they rely on and into the capitalist labour market.
Nyikaw Ochalla of the Anuak people from Ethiopia
whose livelihoods are threatened by the land
grabs of foreign companies. Africa, Asia and
Latin America are seeing an acceleration of land
grabbing at a rate not seen since colonial times.
The protestors will be demonstrating against the
summit and have released a statement, signed by
over 60 European and international organisations,
calling for pension funds and other financial
institutions to stop land grabbing.
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