Resolution against land grabbing in the South

27 January 2012

On the initiative of the N-VA the Foreign Policy Commission has adopted the "Land Grabbing in the South" resolution. This contentious practice has emerged in Africa and South America over the last few years and undermines food security in the Third World. Increased demand for food and biofuels pushes the value of fertile land ever upwards, making it a lucrative investment for speculators.  The UN and the World Food Organisation, among others, have warned that this has negative consequences for family farming in the South. The N-VA does not see the resolution as merely moral rhetoric, but is asking the Flemish government to take very specific action. In the first place, this can be done by helping Flemish partner countries affected by "land grabbing", such as Mozambique, to work out a clear framework for land sales.

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