Oxfam International Blogs - land grab http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/tags/land-grab en Palm oil: The real problem is crystal clear through the Asian haze http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-07-02-palm-oil-real-problem-crystal-clear-through-asian-haze <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Burning forests and land in Indonesia</strong> is an annual phenomenon, but this year fires have hit <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23012694" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>extreme levels</strong></a> and have created a dangerous haze over Singapore and Malaysia.</p> <p>Satellite imagery shows a significant part of the fires is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/indonesia-fires_n_3479727.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>within palm oil</strong> </a>and timber plantations. The <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/24/indonesian-president-singapore-malaysia-fires" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Indonesian president has apologized</strong></a> to neighboring nations diplomatically, but others have blamed the problem on Malaysian plantation companies and Singaporean banks. While these companies have a key role to play, the problem can largely be attributed to the enormous global economic pressure on Indonesia’s land for commodities like palm oil. </p> <h3>Palm oil's "success"</h3> <p><strong>Palm oil</strong> is a very common product and is in half of the packed products we buy in the supermarket. It brings many economic opportunities to tropical countries who can export the commodity, and Indonesia is the world’s top producer. </p> <p>Forbes’ 2010 list of the 40 richest Indonesians tells us that the country has 21 billionaires, 16 of whom made their fortunes in palm oil or coal. Clearly, it pays well to clear land for agriculture. </p> <p>Yet palm oil is expanding at an irresponsible pace. More peat-land was mined for palm oil in Indonesia in a decade than was mined in the Netherlands over a whole century. Burning to clear land for agriculture is illegal in Indonesia, for both big companies as well as small farmers. Yet recent studies showed how economic success is also a danger, for example in Riau, one of the provinces currently at the center of the fires.</p> <h3>Palm oil's problems</h3> <p>The growth of palm oil means land use is changing dramatically in Indonesia. It is resulting in deforestation, lost livelihoods, threats to animals, diminished food security, climate change and land grabs. </p> <p>Palm oil is the source of large amounts of greenhouse gases, yet some argue that its use in biofuels could make cars carbon neutral. Yet Oxfam and others calculated it would take up to 300 years to compensate the loss of peat-lands by driving with our environmentally friendly fuels.</p> <p>The majority of palm oil companies have committed to zero burning, respecting land rights, and conserving forests. However, enforcement is not effective and corruption undermines compliance. There are even persistent rumors that small farmers are actually paid to set fire to lands that are subsequently taken over by the big companies.</p> <h3>Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil</h3> <p>Companies have a critical role to play. Oxfam has held critically constructive dialogues with companies like Sinar Mas and Sime Darby, who aim to reduce deforestation, land grabs and climate change. We hope they can positively influence their industry peers.</p> <p>International norms are also incredibly important. Oxfam is a prominent member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which promotes respect for human rights and especially sustainable land use practices. </p> <p>This week, The RSPO Secretary General <a href="http://www.rspo.org/news_details.php?nid=167" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>condemned negligent activities</strong></a> related to the current haze, and demanded that member companies provide digital maps of their lands in the region so that their activities can be investigated. This may lead to RSPO taking remedial actions against those members, and possibly terminating their membership.</p> <p>Bold steps from governments, companies and international bodies can help us cut through the smoke and ensure that land is used in sustainable way now and into the future.  </p> You may also like <p><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/land-grabs" rel="nofollow">Oxfam's work on helping stop land grabs</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.rspo.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil</a> </strong><em>(<a href="http://www.rspo.org">www.rspo.org</a>)<strong></strong></em></p> <p><strong>Infographic</strong>:<strong> <a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/223702306463760373/" rel="nofollow">Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/sites/blogs.oxfam.org/files/infographic%20palm%20oil_0.jpg"></a></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Palm oil: The real problem is crystal clear through the Asian haze</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-07-10-indonesie-huile-palme-feu" title="Indonésie : de l’huile de palme sur le feu" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:53:46 +0000 Johan Verburg 10371 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-07-02-palm-oil-real-problem-crystal-clear-through-asian-haze#comments 3Ts: Teeing up tax and land for the G8 http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-06-17-g8-3ts-teeing-tax-land <div class="field field-name-body"><p>This year, David Cameron put two issues that matter to the poorest countries on the G8 agenda; <strong>cracking down on tax dodging</strong> that blights ordinary families around the world – especially in poor countries, and <strong>stopping unfair land deals</strong> that keep people hungry.  </p> <p>On Saturday, his <strong>‘<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/g8-2013" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tax, Trade and Transparency</a></strong>’ event – or 3Ts – brought together a bunch of politicians and thinkers from countries around the world to set the right balls rolling for the Summit itself. So what balls are rolling, and is there any hope of a UK G8 that delivers solutions equal to the challenges of poverty and hunger?</p> <p>Saturday's event brought some good news and some bad news.</p> Landing a tax deal? <p>Let’s start with the <a href="http://www.globaldashboard.org/2013/06/18/people-power-cracks-the-walls-of-tax-secrecy-now-we-have-to-bring-the-walls-down/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>hot topic of tax</strong></a>, where a G8 deal is genuinely hanging in the balance.  Oxfam started campaigning on tax this year, because the tax rules need to change so that the poorest countries can get the tax money that is fairly theirs, and so that the richest companies and individuals who are most able to contribute to society can’t wangle their way out of paying their fair share.</p> <p>The good news is that the UK finally started to tackle their legacy of offshore tax havens, by getting all ten of the UK-linked tax havens signed up to a deal to share more information about who is paying what tax on their shores.  </p> <p>The deal they signed up to also means poor countries can request this information, so that Burkina Faso can ask Bermuda how much tax their citizens and companies are paying there and start to spot where something is fishy and do something about it. But the bad news is, in the world of tax this is a bronze medal - cumbersome and partial deal where poor countries can petition for more information from some tax havens and rich countries.  </p> <p>Meanwhile the G8 seem to be cooking up a gold medal deal for themselves where all of this information comes their way automatically, including from the biggest tax havens like Switzerland.</p> <p>David Cameron also seemed to give up the possibility of G8 governments promoting more openness about whose money is where, when he announced the UK will prioritise a private list of who owns what. But you can’t sweep away secrecy with a secret list, and of course a secret list will keep poor countries in the dark.</p> <p>So the G8 have a massive way to go to make sure that the real tax deal lands at the G8 on Tuesday. They have 90 minutes to talk about tax, and they need to spend every minute working out how the poorest countries will benefit, rather than looking out for their own self interest.  </p> <p>If they do a gold standard deal on tax for themselves, and leave the poorest countries out in the cold, it would be a tragedy for the one in eight people going to bed hungry tonight.</p> A land deal too taxing? <p>G8 companies and investors have bought land in developing countries more than the size of the whole of Ireland since the year 2000. This land could grow enough food for 96 million people, and make a serious dent in the scandal of hunger. <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/landgrabs" rel="nofollow"><strong>This is serious stuff</strong></a>.</p> <p>At Saturday's 3Ts event, G8 country partnerships with developing countries were announced - Tanzania, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Senegal among others - to start putting UN standards in place and ensure people’s rights to live on and farm their lands are protected. </p> <p>Private sector participants in the event also committed to 'embed' these standards into their practices. But despite momentum on land, there is no real prospect of the G8 taking more systematic steps to put their house in order by getting all G8 companies to be more transparent about their investments so they can be held accountable.  And equally elusive is the much-needed global Land Transparency Initiative that would mean details of all land deals are held centrally and shared so that nobody can escape the consequences of their actions.</p> <p>We haven’t given up yet, and we think tax will really go to the wire.  So watch this space and <a href="http://twitter.com/oxfam" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>follow us on twitter</strong></a> if you want to know what’s happening when we do.</p> <p>Team G8 over and out.</p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><strong>Blog: </strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-05-22-g8-must-take-action-tax-dodging-and-tax-havens"><strong>The G8 must take action on tax dodging and tax havens!</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Oxfam Media Briefing, G8 2013: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/oxfam-g8-media-briefing-17jun2013.pdf" rel="nofollow">Shining the light on secrets that keep people poor</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>3Ts: Teeing up tax and land for the G8</h2></div> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:40:34 +0000 Emma Seery 10350 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-06-17-g8-3ts-teeing-tax-land#comments #Landgrabs campaigners have inspired action around the world http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-02-11-landgrabs-campaigners-have-inspired-action-around-world <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Across the UK last December, <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-12-06-uk-breaking-news-white-cliffs-dover-sold"><strong>people highlighted</strong></a> the problem of land grabs – where big companies buy up land in some of the world’s poorest countries for profit. Often land grabs mean the people who live on the land are evicted. They lose their homes, livelihoods, and their way of growing food.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/landgrabs" rel="nofollow">Sign our petition: Tell the World Bank to lead the fight against land grabs</a></h3> <p>Last week we saw how the UK campaigners inspired action around the world. Campaigners spread the word globally last Thursday – from Italy to Canada, Tanzania to the USA, people from 9 countries “grabbed” iconic landmarks to show how shocking and unfair land grabs are.</p> <p></p> <p><em> Thousands of people in 47 countries spread the message: we want the World Bank to help stop land grabs. Here's a snapshot of tweets around the world using #landgrabs, from 7 - 11 Feb 2013, via Topsy.</em></p> <p><strong>It's not too late to get involved.</strong> We're asking the <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-10-26-why-world-bank-wrong-so-far-on-large-land-deals"><strong>World Bank</strong></a> – which funds some big land deals, and can influence how land is bought and sold – to help stop land grabs.</p> <h3>What you can do</h3> <ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/landgrabs" rel="nofollow">Sign our petition for the World Bank president</a></strong>, and you'll help bring justice one step closer for poor people everywhere.<strong></strong></li> <li><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/globalgrabs" rel="nofollow"><strong>Share the images</strong></a> on Twitter and social media, and ask <a href="https://twitter.com/WorldBank/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>@WorldBank</strong></a> to put a hold on land deals.</li> </ul><p><em>If you share it online or in social media, you just might end up in an Oxfam Storify!</em></p> <p> </p> <p>[<a href="//storify.com/oxfamgb/oxfam-campaigners-grab-famous-landmarks" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">View the story "Oxfam campaigners \"grab\" famous landmarks" on Storify</a>]</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>#Landgrabs campaigners have inspired action around the world</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-02-11-mouvement-contre-accaparement-terres-gagne-planete" title="Comment le mouvement contre les accaparements de terre gagne la planète" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-02-11-la-accion-contra-el-acaparamiento-de-tierras-se-extiende-por-todo-el-mundo" title="La acción contra el acaparamiento de tierras se extiende por todo el mundo" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 14:04:23 +0000 Al Kinley 10213 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-02-11-landgrabs-campaigners-have-inspired-action-around-world#comments Day 6: Gender Equality: It’s smart and it’s right http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-12-17-day-6-gender-equality-smart-and-right <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong><em>While farming is increasingly reliant on women’s labour, women’s lack of secure land tenure severely limits their influence over farming decisions. Closing the gender gap in land rights would increase productivity and total output. And it would help women exercise their rights as citizens.</em></strong></p> <p><em>By Madiodio Niasse, Secretariat Director, <a href="http://www.landcoalition.org/" rel="nofollow"><strong>International Land Coalition</strong></a> (ILC) </em></p> <p>Women provide a significant share of agricultural labour in developing countries: <strong><a href="http://www.fao.org/docrep/013/i2050e/i2050e.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">FAO</a></strong> says 43 per cent, <strong><a href="http://www.unwomen.org.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=81467" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">UNIFEM</a></strong> says 60–80 per cent. These figures, although sometimes debated, are a plausible illustration of reality and are part of a trend towards the increasing feminisation of farm labour. </p> <p>This trend is likely to continue and even accelerate as a result of a higher proportion of male outmigration, coupled with the high incidence of diseases such as HIV/AIDS. An increasing number of widows and female orphans will become heads of farm households and the main providers of family farm labour. </p> <p>Women’s increasingly central role in agricultural production is at odds with their still limited access to secure tenure rights over the land they farm. FAO and UNIFEM estimate that fewer than five per cent of women in the developing world have access to secure land rights, with significant differences from country to country. Where women enjoy secure tenure rights, farm sizes tend to be much smaller than is the case for farmland controlled by men. </p> <h3><em>“Women’s increasingly central role in agricultural production is at odds with their still limited access to secure tenure rights over the land they farm.”</em></h3> <p>In Burkina Faso and Benin, a <strong><a href="http://econ.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTDEC/EXTRESEARCH/EXTWDRS/EXTWDR2012/0,,contentMDK:22999750~menuPK:8154981~pagePK:64167689~piPK:64167673~theSitePK:7778063,00.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Bank study</a></strong> found that the average sizes of women’s land holdings were just 12.5 per cent and 50 per cent, respectively, of men’s holdings.</p> <p>If tenure security is achieved when community or individual rights over land are publicly recognised and rights holders are protected against arbitrary deprivation and enjoy the economic benefits attached to their land rights, then tenure security is a social construct whose meaning varies depending on socio-cultural contexts. </p> <p>Therefore, the effectiveness of means (legal and otherwise) for guaranteeing tenure security depends on the context. Land ownership can be a means of achieving tenure security, but it is rarely a sufficient condition or the only way of securing land rights.</p> <p>While the agriculture sector is increasingly reliant on women’s labour, women’s influence over farming decisions is limited due to their lack of land tenure security. This is why closing the gender gap in access to secure land rights makes good sense from an economic standpoint, as well as from the perspectives of social justice and human rights.</p> <p>Increased productivity and total output of the agricultural sector would be one of the more direct and tangible results of closing this gender gap, as equitable access to land is strongly associated with improved efficiency in the farming sector. Security of tenure contributes significantly to creating the incentives needed for increased agricultural investments, which leads in turn to higher productivity.  </p> <p>The 2011 Foresight report gives an example from Burkina Faso, where the productivity of female-managed plots was 30 per cent lower than that of male-managed plots, primarily because labour and fertiliser were more intensively applied on men’s plots. </p> <p>Women’s lack of control over land is compounded by the obstacles they face in the various segments of the agricultural value chain – access to input services, extension services, processing, markets, etc. </p> <p>FAO argues that closing the gender gap in agriculture would increase average crop yields some 20–30 per cent on women’s lands, equivalent to a 2.5-4 per cent increase in domestic food production, and a 10–20 per cent decrease in the number of undernourished people worldwide (100–150 million out of 950 million people). </p> <p>Evidence from around the world shows that when women have more influence over economic decisions (as is the case when they have secure land rights), their families allocate more of their incomes to food, health, education, children’s clothing, and children’s nutrition.</p> <h3><em>“Achieving gender equality in land ownership would empower women and give them greater influence over the way that land is used.”</em></h3> <p>Addressing the gender disparities in land access would also help improve rural women’s social inclusion and identity. Having a land title often means having a physical address and thus access to birth certificates, identity cards, and voting documents, all of which are indispensable if women are to exercise their citizens’ rights and take part in debates on issues of common interest. </p> <p>Achieving gender equality in land ownership would empower women and give them greater influence over the way that land is used (what, when, and how to produce) and how farm products are used or disposed of. </p> <p>The current inequities in land access also raise a human rights issue. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises the right to property for all. This includes the right to land, which is the most important physical asset in poor agrarian economies. The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) calls for equal rights of both spouses in terms of the ownership, acquisition, management, administration, enjoyment, and disposition of household property (Article 16).</p> <p>In addition to international norms calling for fairer gender allocation of resources–examples include the already cited CEDAW but also the recently adopted Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests–many governments have adopted land-related laws which often have progressive provisions for addressing gender inequities. According to the <strong><a href="http://progress.unwomen.org" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Bank</a></strong>, 115 out of 124 countries studied specifically recognise women’s and men’s property rights on equal terms.</p> <h3><em>“Many governments have adopted land-related laws which often have progressive provisions for addressing gender inequities.”</em></h3> <p>Why then are we not seeing broad-based rapid progress? Part of the answer lies in the fact that the cultural, religious, and social norms and beliefs that confine women to secondary decision-making roles are among what <strong><a href="http://www.ifo.de/portal/pls/portal/docs/1/1193608.PDF" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Roland</a></strong> calls “slow-moving institutions” that contain and delay social change. Gender disparities in other key areas such as education and reproductive health also prevent women from fully benefiting from the opportunities created by progressive land policies, where these are adopted. </p> <p>Even in contexts where there are well-intentioned policy-makers, the number of practical, low-cost, and culturally acceptable means of addressing gender inequities in the allocation of key productive assets such as land is limited. </p> <p>A number of promising innovations for improving women’s access to land are being tested. For example, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Colombia, Peru, and Nicaragua have introduced joint land titling for spouses. In Nepal, a tax emption (of 10 per cent in 2008, subsequently increased to 25–40 per cent) helped raise the number of households reporting women’s access to land ownership from 11 per cent in 2001 to 35 per cent in 2009. </p> <p>These measures are, however, more relevant in contexts of state-led redistributive land reform processes than in contexts of market-led reforms. Where an open land market exists, the risk of widening gender inequalities in land access can be reduced by establishing land funds or land banks (as in Colombia or Nicaragua), which provide financial support to women to purchase land or to pay land title registration fees. </p> <h3><em>“Addressing gender inequalities is also an obligation in pursuing the fulfilment of fundamental civil and political rights”</em></h3> <p>These measures are seldom envisaged without strong pressure for change, starting with efforts to raise the awareness of decision-makers and the general public on the rationale for, and benefits of, achieving gender justice in land access. Targeted land literacy (focusing on the land-related laws and institutions) can help women better understand their land rights. </p> <p>Support for women’s land claims, strengthened women’s roles in land rights movements, and keeping land issues high on the agenda of the most influential global women’s organisations are all areas where organisations like mine, the International Land Coalition, have a key role to play in the future.</p> <p>Addressing gender inequalities in access to secure land rights is justified from an economic point of view–the 2012 World Development Report refers to this need as “smart economics”. It is also an obligation in pursuing the fulfilment of fundamental civil and political rights, as well as social and economic rights. </p> <p>A better understanding of intra-household resource allocation and governance, as well as documentation of good practices, could help serve as the basis for more relevant, better targeted, and more easily implementable policies and laws. Academic institutions, development agencies, and civil society advocacy organisations all have a key role to play.</p> Download: <strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/sites/blogs.oxfam.org/files/gender-equality-smart-right-niasse-dec2012.pdf" target="_blank">Gender Equality: It’s smart and it’s right</a></strong></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Day 6: Gender Equality: It’s smart and it’s right</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/12-12-17-dia-6-la-igualdad-acertada-y-justa" title="Día 6: La igualdad de género: acertada y justa" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/12-12-17-jour-6-egalite-entre-hommes-femmes-intelligente-et-juste" title="Jour 6 : C’est judicieux et c’est juste" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 23:02:00 +0000 Dr. Madiodio Niasse 10155 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-12-17-day-6-gender-equality-smart-and-right#comments Taking land grabs campaigning to the heart of the World Bank http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-10-11-taking-land-grabs-campaigning-heart-world-bank <div class="field field-name-body"><p>This week we’re manically busy and absolutely loving it as we continue to make some noise about our <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/landgrabs" rel="nofollow">new land grabs</a></strong> campaign.  </p> <p>It's the <strong><a href="http://www.worldbank.org/" rel="nofollow">World Bank</a></strong> Annuals in Tokyo; not normally an event to get the pulse racing. However, even though it sounds a bit grey, it's majorly exciting to us <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/grow" rel="nofollow">GROW</a></strong> campaigners. We’re taking our campaign to stop land grabs right to the heart of the World Bank. Bank staff, Directors and their new President Jim Kim are here to talk about their priorities in helping the world's poorest people. And as you might have seen in our brilliant <strong><a href="https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/409-oxfam-stop-landgrabs" rel="nofollow">Thunderclap</a></strong> earlier this week we're asking the World Bank to make a crucial step in sorting hunger and food prices.</p> <p>With the support of thousands of people around the world we’re calling on the World Bank to freeze their investments in big land deals for six months while they make sure that they work for the world's poorest people. Currently, rich land investors are buying up large tracts of land across Africa and beyond - an area the size of a soccer pitch is bought <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/8050846262/in/photostream" rel="nofollow"><strong>every second</strong></a>. Too many of these deals are tearing communities apart as people are thrown off the land that they rely on to grow food. Without proper oversight of these deals, we can expect more horrific examples like this <strong><a href="http://youtu.be/gcu3KQ2y1OA" rel="nofollow">land grab in Guatemala</a></strong>. That's where the Bank, as a major lender to investors and an international standards setter, plays a key part. </p> <p>So yesterday we decided to give these shady land investors a face at the World Bank meetings and hosted a stunt where <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.jp/en/" rel="nofollow">Oxfam Japan</a></strong> volunteers dressed up in suits, jumped on toy diggers, and drove wildly around a huge floor map of Africa, which was made of food. They dug into the food, and ran riot over the continent. </p> <p>The stunt was a great way of engaging with Oxfam Japan's young volunteers, who were keen to ask questions about all the other great campaigning on land happening around the world - they couldn’t believe we'd driven huge bulldozers round London last week!. As their Advocacy Manager Takumo Yamada noted, "I think today we witnessed the birth of six new young campaign addicts in a country where social activism has been forgotten for decades". That feels great!</p> <p>It’s exciting times as we urge the Bank to agree a land freeze and to do what it takes to reduce hunger and human rights abuses. if you'd like to get involved then <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/grow/landgrabs" rel="nofollow">join the campaign</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Taking land grabs campaigning to the heart of the World Bank</h2></div> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:29:18 +0000 Serena O'Sullivan 9978 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-10-11-taking-land-grabs-campaigning-heart-world-bank#comments