A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Last week was GROW Week and over forty countries took part with a range of activities and actions. It’s been loud, vibrant, colourful and fun. It's a great way to engage people in the GROW campaign as we continue to make noise about the food system and land grabs. Across every continent – from the Philippines to Peru and pretty much most places in between – people have been taking to the streets, organizing dinners, 'land grabbing' universities and dancing their way onto TV.
Check out the GROW Week widget to get a complete sense of what has been happening. A couple of my favourite stories are The Female Food Heroes work in Tanzania, where they took the message to a national audience with a reality TV show. There was also the Ekta Parishad march in India where 100,000 people marched for a month to highlight the issue of land rights for poor people, demanding greater recognition for the resource they rely on. .
GROW Week comes hot on the heels of the launch of our Land Grabs campaign. Already thousands of people have called on the World Bank to freeze their large land deals while a fairer way is found - one that works for communities around the world. GROW Week showed the World Bank that this campaign is global and growing.
This week we’re keeping the momentum going by taking part in Slow Food Big Festival - a global organization with supporters in 150 countries. They’re linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment. We’ll be there talking about land grabs, positive investments, gender and the GROW Method.
Get involved: sign the petition to get the World Bank to freeze their large land deals.