18 Apr '11, 7pm

Agricultural Land Grabs Threaten Local Property Rights and Sustainable Development

Farmer threshing in Ethiopia. Photo credit: flickr/Eileen Delhi With large-scale agricultural investments on the rise, the rights of local people must be protected. Large-scale land acquisitions for agricultural use by both local and foreign commercial entities – often dubbed “land grabs ” - are on the rise worldwide. Often touted as a form of economic development, these investments could have profound negative effects on the environment and rural livelihoods if transactions go through without the meaningful participation of affected peoples and due consideration for the many benefits they derive from nature. Land provides the very platform on which sustainable lives and livelihoods are built. As a result, the land on which people build their homes and organize their communities is directly linked to their quality of life. Seventy-five percent of the world’s poor live in r...

Full article: http://www.wri.org/stories/2011/04/agricultural-land-grab...

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