Every two days, an area of land the size of Chicago is sold to foreign investors in developing countries.
Two thirds of those investors plan to export everything they produce on the land – in some cases, destroying local food supplies in places where food insecurity is already dangerously high and forcing many people to go hungry.
Investment can be an economic development tool but big land grabs like these force poor people from their homes and jobs. Time and again, communities are losing access to the land they rely on for food and to make a living, and it all happens without the information needed to make informed choices or the compensation they deserve to piece their lives back together.
As food prices spike for the third time in the past four years, new interest in land deals is expected to rapidly increase, putting even more communities at risk. This injustice must stop now before any more lives are ruined.
The eyes of the world are on The World Bank's newest leader, President Kim, as he takes the helm. Right now, we have a chance to influence him to change The World Bank and become a leader in stopping land grabs. Join us in taking action to protect the rights and livelihoods of poor people around the world – call on The World Bank to freeze its investment in large-scale land deals for six months and set better standards for the entire industry.
We need your voice now! Add your name to our petition to The World Bank today.