Land grab leaves a billion hungry, says Oxfam

A link from The Sydney Morning Herald

Oxfam is calling for a six-month freeze on buying land in developing countries, saying that land sold over the past ten years could have been used to feed a billion people. The international aid organization is asking the World Bank to halt investments involving large-scale land acquisitions in an effort to protect local interests. A report released today by Oxfam says: “In poor countries, foreign investors bought up an area of land the size of London every six days between 2000 and 2010.”

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