Amsterdam/Rome, 19 May 2014 – As government representatives gather in Rome to discuss how to responsibly invest in agriculture in the context of an unprecedented wave of land grabbing, a new report by the Transnational Institute has chronicled working alternatives across the world that have succeeded in increasing food security while protecting family farmers, their communities and the...
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In the northern province of Niassa, Mozambique, one company, Chikweti, set up with investments by Swedish and Norwegian churches and the Dutch pension fund, ABP is establishing large tree plantations. Chikweti not only promised their investors a large financial return, but also claimed it would deliver jobs, environmental protection and community development to the region. It seemed a win-win...
Hoy día, el fenómeno de apropiación de tierras por parte de multinacionales, especuladores, fondos soberanos y fondos de inversión no se limita a países en vías de desarrollo. Según investigaciones de ONG como el Transnational Institute y Vía Campesina, compañías chinas han comprado grandes extensiones en Bulgaria y corporaciones de capital árabe son ya los principales productores agrícolas de...
The report Land Concentration, land grabbing and people's struggles in Europe,  written by the European Coordination Via Campesina and the Coalition Hands off the Land explores this issue. Based on case studies in 13 European countries, it reveals the absurdity of the current land tenure evolution in Europe. The report highlights that across Europe we are witnessing the acceleration of four...
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- 9h00 - 9h20: Welcome and Introduction
Welcome : Gabi Zimmer President GUE/NGL (Germany)
Introduction : Javier Sanchez, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee
- 9h20-10h30: 1st Panel – Access to Land, land concentration and land grabbing
Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands -
Presentation of the Land Grabbing Report
Willy Schuster, Ecoruralis, Romanian national case study
Eva García Sempere, Coordinator of the Spatial Planning and Environment Unit of IU
Andalucía "Land Grabbing in Andalusia (Spain): Preparation of the Land Public Bank
Moderator: Willy Meyer, GUE/NGL MEP (Spain)
- 10h30 – 11h00: Press Conference/ Coffee break.
- 11h00 – 12h10: 2nd Panel - Are the EU and national policies favoring equal access to land and the entry into farming by prospective (young and small) farmers?
Tassos Haniotis, Director - European Commission, DG Agriculture - Economic analysis,
perspectives and evaluations.
Patrick Le HYARIC, MEP GUE/NGL (France)
Antonio Onorati, ARI and President of Crocevia - Proposal for a EU Directive on Lands
Andrea Ferrante, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee
Moderator: Geneviève Savigny, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee
- 12h10-12h30: Debate and conclusions by Joao Ferreira, MEP GUE/NGL (Portugal)
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