World Bank backs land grabs in poor nations » StraightGoods.ca.

OXFAM says:

Globally, an area more than double the size of British Columbia has been sold off in the rush for land. That’s land that could feed nearly 900 million people — the number of people who go to bed hungry every night.

Oxfam’s research shows that land sold as “unused” or “undeveloped” is often being used by women to grow food, raise livestock and collect water and firewood for their families. But because women have very limited ownership of land to begin with, it is even easier for companies to take this land away from them.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s birthday is December 30, and he is Canada’s governor of the World Bank. Oxfam Canada is urging Minister Flaherty to speak up on land grabs at the World Bank spring meeting. Send him this birthday card to help us get the message across. Here’s how:

  1. Download and print the birthday card.
    You can get it black and white, or in full colour. Make sure your printer is set to double-sided.
  2. Personalize the card by adding your return mailing address and signing it.
  3. Fold the card in half along the ‘fold’ line, and tape it shut.
  4. Drop it in the nearest mailbox anywhere in Canada. You do not need to add a stamp to send a letter to a Member of Parliament.
  5. Ask your friends to share this card on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, by email or in person. Consider printing off a bunch of letters and leaving them in your staff room or other community space for others to sign and send.

Oxfam Canada is calling on Canada’s governor for the World Bank, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, to encourage the World Bank to help end land grabs.

Ending land grabs is possible, but for it to happen, effective global action is necessary.

Learn more about land grabs and what it will take to stop them.