Even as food insecurity and famine is deepening in Africa, massive swaths of land are being sold off to international investors with little transparency or accountability, in massive land grabs that are hurting communities and smallholder farmers. The struggle against these land grabs holds unique challenges for grassroots people and the organizations that support them – bringing together a broad range of human rights, global economic justice and natural resource issues. Land grabs and their links to Wall Street and global investment has been closely studied by the Oakland Institute – including in its most recent report that will be published in early December. Please join us for a discussion with Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute to discuss the Institute’s findings in its new report on land grabs in Africa and how communities are fighting for their rights and their livelihoods in the face of this growing threat.
The Promoting Resource Rights in the Global Economy Project is hosting a series of learning activities that feature important strategies and hot topics in resource rights and corporate accountability struggles. The series is designed to promote strategy discussion and information-sharing between advocates and activists that work at the cross section of human rights, natural resources, and the global economy. The series include topics that have been identified as being of interest to practitioners at the Promoting Resource Rights in the Global Economy January 2011 conference.
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