land grabs

#GROWWeek 2012 begins, talking about land

Blog: #GROWWeek 2012 begins, talking about land

Often when the evening news has its “world news” section it’s bleak and can often leave you feeling a little bit hopeless. But from our work around the world we meet people who are doing great things and are part of powerful movements that are changing lives and transforming communities.

Time to stop land grabs.

Blog: Time to stop the global land rush...


"You've got two minutes to get your things and get out. Stop crying. There's nothing you can do. Say goodbye to your home. It's gone."

Women from the AWID forum march in Taksim Square. Photo: Oxfam/Jameen Kaur

Blog: Globalisation of Resistance: Taking to the Streets - ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadi’ ('Women, Life, Freedom')

Jameen wraps up our 2012 AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights in Development coverage with this inspiring entry!

The word "courage" comes from the Latin word ‘cuer’ meaning heart. Courage translates to possessing the confidence "to lay bare your vulnerability and speak from the heart."

Journalist Hurriyet - Turkey's leading national newspaper interviewing Ester and Mandiwe. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Belief is everything: ‘I have always believed I could be a leader.’

"Before I entered the Female Food Hero competition I had never been outside Tanzania, however I have always believed I could be a leader. I believe I have leadership qualities," explains Mandiwe in an interview conducted by a journalist writing for the Hurriyet newspaper, one of Turkey’s leading national newspapers.

Children holding up pictures of their homes, central Uganda. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Urgent: Stop land grabs in Uganda!

Last week saw an important step forward in Oxfam’s GROW campaign, which is currently focusing on bringing justice to communities evicted – some violently – without consent or compensation to make way for the New Forests Company (NFC) plantations in Uganda.

Apples grown in the Republic of Altay, Russia. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: #GROW Week: the wrap-up

GROW Week has been a week of global celebration and inspiration!

Land grabs stunt in Birmingham. Photo: Oxfam Midlands

Blog: #GROW Week day seven: land grabs

From Uganda to Honduras and Peru to South Sudan - where land is going for as little as 2.5 cents per hectare - irresponsible investors are acquiring land that's classed as 'unused' or 'underdeveloped', but which in many cases is actually being used by poor families to grow food.

It's not necessarily a problem when wealthy companies invest in agricultural land in poor countries for commercial use. But when families are forcibly kicked off the land or less food is grown as a result, that's a very big problem indeed.

Photograph taken by an evictee in Uganda, as they are chased from their land.

Blog: Oxfam's land grabs report creates a buzz

“I lost land; I’m landless. Land was my life.” This is one quote from Fred Bahemuka1 from Uganda who claims that that he lost his land due to a land grab. It’s featured in a new Oxfam report, ‘Land and Power’ that highlights how the modern day land rush is forcing thousands into greater poverty. The focus on land grabs is part of our newly launched GROW campaign.

Blog: Land grabs – a growing scandal

Imagine waking up one day to be told you're about to be evicted from your home. Being told that you no longer have the right to remain on land that you've lived on for years. And then, if you refuse to leave, being forcibly removed by hired thugs.


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