World to meet in Peru


World Bank to hold Annual Meetings in Peru: A poster child for the Bretton Woods institutions, Peru was chosen to host the October 2015 World Bank and IMF Meetings. This aims to promote the “success” of Peru’s neoliberal policies and reforms to the rest of the world. Our Land Our Business denounces a model that benefits to a few mining, oil, and agribusiness corporations to the detriment of workers, farmers and indigenous communities.

Latest Updates

Civil Society Comes Together in Latin America to Challenge the World Bank’s Annual Meetings

Civil society organizations, Indigenous communities, and social movements come together to challenge the World Bank’s neoliberal agenda, which has caused massive environmental…


#OLOB | Contact: Anuradha Mittal,, +1 510-469-5228 Alnoor Ladha,, +27 60 853 9810 Joseph Rahall,, +232 76 601979  …

Civil Society Denounces World Bank’s Conference on Land & Poverty

Farmer organizations, indigenous groups, trade unions and other civil society organizations, under the umbrella of Our Land Our Business, call World Bank’s…

The World Bank’s Sham Conference on Land and Poverty

The World Bank’s Sham Conference on Land and Poverty Friday, February 13, 2015 Every year for the last fifteen years, the World…

Groups demand the U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank to Act to Phase Out Business Indicators

Groups demand the U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank to Act to Phase Out Business Indicators   Tuesday, February 3, 2015.…

On 1st December 2014 the Our Land, Our Business campaign sent the following open letter to The World Bank

Oakland, December 1, 2014 World Bank, Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) Project Team Cc. Federica Saliola, Program Manager, World Bank Global…

See all updates


World Bankers

Corporations are on a land grab across the world
with help from the World Bankers

The World Bank’s Doing Business ranking gives points to countries when they act in favor of the “ease of doing business.” This consists of smoothing the way for corporations’ activity by, for instance, cutting administrative procedures, lowering corporate taxes, removing environmental and social regulations, or lowering trade barriers.

The ranking system also encourages land reforms that tend to make land just a marketable commodity, easily accessible to wealthy corporations. In the process, they neglects things like human rights, the protection of workers, and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Read the reports

Read our special report on the Ukraine: The World Bank and The IMF In The Ukraine Conflict

Who’s losing out?

The people most impacted by these policies are smallholder farmers, who produce 80 percent of the food consumed in the developing world. They are the backbone of the food system and are by far the principal investors and main employers in developing countries’ agricultural sector. It is their capacity to invest and develop their land that should be strengthened.

There is more than enough food for everyone, if proper support is given to smallholder farmers , pastoralists and Indigenous Peoples. The World Bank’s preference, though, is to use its power, through weapons like the Doing Business rankings and Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture, to impose its one-size-fits, corporate-led all model of development. This jeopardizes developing countries’ ability to feed themselves and helps drive inequality all over the world.

Facts we should know about the business of land grabs