Land

Enough Food For Everyone IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land, and we grow crops for food, not fuel.

The poorest famers are losing their land to big companies, leaving families unable to feed their children.

Stopping these land grabs would help millions of people get enough to eat.

Companies are also increasingly growing crops for fuel rather than food. This madness is driving up food and petrol prices.

If we end the use of crops for fuel, we can stop millions going hungry.

 Mhaga village committee chairman Athumani Mkambala sits beside a campaign slogan displayed during a meeting to discuss action against a land grab by a multinational biofuels company

What do we want the UK Government to do about land?

  1. The UK Government should put the issue of large-scale corporate 'land grabs' in developing countries on the G8's agenda, and promote action to help improve their governance, transparency and accountability. There must be safeguards to ensure that the poorest people, who could often use this land to grow food, don't lose out as a result.

  2. The World Bank should be pushed to review the impact of its funding of land acquisitions on communities and the environment, and to change its policies to ensure they prevent land grabs. 

  3. As part of the ongoing re-negotiation of EU biofuel legislation, the UK should lobby so that no biofuels grown on land that could have been used to grow food should count towards the EU's 10% renewable energy in transport target. The land required to grow crops in order to meet this target has led to a rising number of large-scale land grabs and an increase in food prices.

  4. The UK Government should take a lead on biofuels by scrapping its own target, which states that 5% of transport fuel must come from biofuels by 2013.

  5. The UK should lobby the EU to recognise in law the true extent of damaging carbon emissions caused by biofuel production, as well as the impact that biofuels have on food prices and land rights.

Enough Food For Everyone IF the UK Government tackles land grabs.

 

What did IF achieve on land and biofuels?

  • IF campaigners ensured that the issue of land grabbing in developing countries was discussed at the G8 and then acknowledged by world leaders in the summit's final declaration. World leaders, as well as the UK Department for International Development, are keen to build on this and develop land rights as a wider area of UK expertise. The key win in this area was getting the issue on to the G8 agenda at all - this wouldn't have happened without the IF campaign.
  • Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, and the Prime Minister also recognised the fact that biofuel production should not undermine food security.

Far more is needed. The G8 needs to show that it will deal with the problem by regulating G8-based companies involved in land deals, and leading more ambitious global efforts to tackle land grabs.