Stop #landrights Fraud!

Every spring for the last fifteen years, the World Bank has organized the “Conference on Land and Poverty,” that brings together corporations, governments and civil society groups.

While the 16th conference is set to take place in Washington D.C. from March 23 to 27, hundreds of civil society organizations are denouncing the World Bank’s role in global land grabs and its deceitful leadership on land issues.

The Our Land Our Business campaign has been critical of the World Bank’s Doing Business report and accompanying  advisory services. Through these, the Bank uses its financial and political might to force countries to adopt “business-friendly” reforms, which create conditions that make it as easy as possible for agribusiness corporations to get access to developing countries’ land and natural resources.

We therefore call on all stakeholders to reject the Bank’s sham Conference on Land and Poverty and denounce its attempt to influence land governance for the benefits of a few.

Statement: World Bank’s Sham Conference on Land and Poverty


What People Say: 

“The World Bank’s approach to land rights in the developing world undermines its very mandate to fight poverty by putting the interests of foreign investors and corporations before those of locals.” – Human Rights Council Ethiopia

“In no country of the world a bank decides about policy issues. International land policies should be discussed and adopted in a more democratic and legitimate setting than a bank controlled by few donors.” – FIAN Belgium

“Platform Aarde Boer Consument onderschrijft dit protest en vindt dat de Wereldbank de belangen van de gewone boeren die in Azië en Sub-Sahara Afrika die 80% van de voedselvoorziening voor hun rekening nemen met voeten treedt. De Wereldbank is geen democratisch bestuurde bank en heeft dus niet het recht om haar grote financiële macht (deels te danken aan onze belastingbijdrages) in te zetten voor het bedrijfsleven in plaats van voor een duurzame toekomst.” – Platform Earth Farmer Consumer, Netherlands.

Through its investment policy, its Doing Business Ranking and its support to the G8’s New Alliance, the World Bank has rather proved to be a champion of agribusiness corporations than the poor. Their support of large scale agriculture is wreaking havoc in developing countries:  eviction of farmers and pastoralists from their land, destruction of local land tenure systems and  food cultures, increase of unemployment and alteration of the local ecosystem.” – Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network.


‘Stop #landrights Fraud’ Media Coverage:


TruthoutThe World Bank, Poverty Creation and the Banality of Evil:

The EcologistThe World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty is a Cruel Farce:

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