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“Family farmers are producing up to 80 per cent of Africa’s food and 70 per cent of food from all over the world. Land grabbing is undermining their ability to feed themselves, their own country, the growing urban population and their right to food sovereignty”, says a new video produced by La Via Campesina called “Struggle against landgrabbing in Mali”.
The country is one of the poorest in the world. The Malian authorities have already leased out more than 500,000 hectares of land. The prices for investors are “attractively low”. “As a result of the financial crisis private investors turned to farmland to make money through speculation of land and production of agricultural commodities”, explains the new video. “But the human cost being paid by the farmers and pastoralists, who make up 70 per cent of the population is devastatingly high”, it adds.
The Malian peasants have lived on their lands for generations and are now being threatened by land grabbing. The video explains that the “Global rush for farmlands is threatening their lives and devastating their communities”.
The governments drive to get foreign investors to purchase lands happens in other parts of Africa. In many cases, as the video shows, the families are displaced and they are not even compensated.
La Via Campesina fights against land grabbing, for an agrarian reform and food sovereignty all over the world.
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“No queremos ser mártires, no queremos que hayan más mártires en este país, pero también hay una responsabilidad histórica de hacer valer la palabra y demostrar que tenemos derecho a la construcción de un mundo mejor. Y no podemos huir a esa responsabilidad”, dijo a Radio Mundo Real la dirigente garífuna Miriam Miranda, coordinadora de la Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH).
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