This week, investors are meeting in London to learn how they can make a profit from investing in land - land that they take away from local farming communities across the world.
If you agree that land should belong to the communities that live there, to feed their families and communities - rather than being treated as a commodity to help the rich can get richer - then please spare a minute and act now.
Join us in telling them that land grabbing must stop.
Grab the attention of the investors meeting at the summit and let them know why they should leave land to the local communities who live there.
Tweet why you think it's wrong to grab land from poor communities - just include the hashtag for the summit, #agconf.
Investors following the summit on Twitter will see your messages and we'll display some of the best tweets* on placards at a protest outside the conference.
>> Communal land should be for people to feed their communities, not for 'the few' to buy & make a quick buck. #agconf http://bit.ly/LNm0Xh
>> Stop the global land grab! #agconf http://bit.ly/LNm0Xh >> Q: Agriculture in Africa: 'land grab' or 'untapped opportunity'? A: landgrab #agconf http://bit.ly/LNm0Xh
>> With 1billion going hungry, land is not an 'emerging & expanding asset class' - people need it to survive http://bit.ly/LNm0Xh #agconf
>> Land is for food not for profit. Stop the global land grab #agconf http://bit.ly/LNm0Xh
>> I don't want my pension to fund land grabs #agconf http://bit.ly/LNm0Xh
Organisers of the £3,660-a-head conference call farmland 'one of the greatest investments in the world' and bill the summit as an opportunity to “overcome the perceived obstacles to investment” with titles of talks such as “Agriculture in Africa: ‘land grab’ or untapped opportunity?”
Millions of hectares have already been grabbed by this kind of investment and UK companies alone have grabbed more than 3 million hectares in poor countries. That is equivalent to almost two thirds of the total cropland in the UK. And one of the biggest sources of investment in farmland is pension funds, with US$5–15 billion reportedly going into buying up farmland, and commodity and farmland investments expected to double by 2015.
The communities we work with in Kisarawe, Tanzania experienced the impacts of land grabbing first hand when they were driven off their land to make way for a plantation the size of 11,000 football pitches to grow jatropha - a crop used for biofuels. They have still not received any of the promised investments such as new clinics or wells. This type of investment is displacing farmers, uprooting communities and food production, and destroying ecosystems on a massive scale, sometimes through promises of jobs, sometimes under force. Land grabs are increasing hunger and poverty globally. In a world where 1 billion people already go hungry, land must stay in the hands of local communities so that they can feed themselves.
*We reserve the right to edit tweets to make sure they fit on a placard!