If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know that I’ve long been an advocate for creating positive change —locally and globally. This year, for Blog Action Day, the theme is the Power of We. Bloggers from around the world are participating, so check out the hashtag #powerofwe on twitter to see what people are saying.
So, what does Oxfam mean to me, and why have I chosen to highlight their efforts on Blog Action Day? Small scale farms and their communities suffer when commercial pressure for large scale operations begin. This is something that can be seen close to home, as well as elsewhere in the world.
Oxfam’s research shows that some big land deals are forcing hard working families from their homes, jobs and food. We all need to work together to stop this injustice. – From Blog Action Day website
Some major land deals are forcing small farmers and their families out of their homes and communities. Check out the video for more information. I’d also encourage you to take a look at the Land Grabs Q and A page.
What can you/we do about this situation?
Is there a solution?
Yes. The World Bank not only funds many large land deals, but also influences how land is bought and sold. We need it to freeze big land deals and set a fair standard for others to follow – protecting the rights of poor people while encouraging positive investment to fight poverty.