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When enough of us speak out, companies listen. Today PepsiCo proved this.
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International addresses what can be done to encourage a shift from land grabs towards responsible land governance. In this post, she shares the success of Oxfam’s latest campaign, which has prompted Coca Cola to adopt a policy of ‘zero tolerance for land grabs’. She also highlights the progress that other large buyers like Pepsi Co and Associated British Foods are yet to make.
Following the release of Oxfam’s report, Nothing sweet about it, describing the growing threat of land grabs in the sugar industry, Silvia Regina, the Brazilian State prosecutor overseeing the State of Pernambuco, announced last week that the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) will launch an investigation into delays in resolving one of the cases highlighted in the report.
This paper sets out how one crop – sugar – has been driving large-scale land acquisitions and land conflicts at the expense of small-scale food producers and their families. At least 4m hectares of land have been acquired for sugar production in 100 large-scale land deals since 2000, although given the lack of transparency around such deals, the area is likely to be much greater. In some cases, these acquisitions have been linked to human rights violations, loss of livelihoods, and hunger for small-scale food producers and their families. Major food and beverage companies rarely own land, but they depend on it for the crops they buy, including sugar. These companies must urgently recognise this problem, and take steps to ensure that land rights violations and conflicts are not part of their supply chains.
On Wednesday October 2 we will launch the next phase of our Behind the Brands campaign. The details of this are top-secret until launch, but this exclusive teaser video gives a sneak preview of the campaign to come.
With your help, Oxfam has been campaigning since September on land grabs, as part of our GROW campaign for food justice.
We wanted the World Bank to take some urgently needed action to help end land grabs in many developing countries, which help keep one in eight people on our planet hungry.
A pioneering new film featuring thousands of Coldplay fans and others, including actor Dominic Cooper - star of Mamma Mia and Captain America - and rock band Wolf Gang, is being launched today to highlight the injustice of land grabs.
1,367 families were uprooted from central Phnom Penh. Why? To make way for a shopping mall.
Struggle for control of natural resources is raging