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Food and the Human Right to Water

Land is essential for food production, but it’s virtually worthless without water. This need for water helps to explain the recent global rush to acquire land:  as the non-profit GRAIN has pointed out, “behind every land grab is a water grab.”  And water grabs are serious. Already, one-third of the …

What to Do When the World Bank (And Other Institutions) Finance Land Grabs: An Interview with Accountability Counsel, Part II

Last week, I posted the first part of an interview with Natalie Bridgeman Fields, the Executive Director of Accountability Counsel, regarding what people can do when the World Bank or other large institutions have supported land grabs. She described two important avenues for recourse within the World Bank Group system:  the World …

Do Large-scale Land Acquisitions Violate International Law?

In April, farmers and organizations commemorated International Peasants’ Day by rallying against land grabbing. FIAN, one of the preeminent right-to-food groups, announced that land grabbing breaches international human rights law, a claim that’s been made by other organizations as well. Is this true? Our answer may depend in part on how …