Act now to stop land grabs

Oxfam research shows that some big land deals are forcing hard working families from their homes, jobs and food. Stop the injustice – take action now.

Big land deals are tearing whole communities apart, leaving people hungry and homeless. It’s big business at a big cost. But the World Bank has the power to be a force for good. With your help, it can protect the rights of the world’s poorest people.

  • Factors like rising food prices and a demand for new fuels have caused a huge rush of big land deals.
  • Deals are done on an area of land the size of a soccer field every second.
  • Poor families are losing the land they rely on to grow food – often evicted without fair treatment or compensation.

The World Bank funds many big land deals. It also influences how land is bought and sold. They haven't agreed to freeze their investments in land, but they have now acknowledged they have a part to play in tackling land grabs and have committed to improve their standards.

Now, just before their spring meetings, tell the World Bank to make good on their word, and push the bar higher. Let them know: the world is watching.