Land Grabs and Fragile Food Systems | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

The Role of Globalization

By Sophia Murphy
Published February 20, 2013

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Farmers around the world are having land they’ve worked for generations taken from under their feet.

Executive Summary

IATP has worked on trade and agriculture for more than 25 years. In all that time, we have consistently argued that trade agreements need to respect and promote human rights, not drive a process of globalization that privileges commercial interests and pushes public interests aside. This paper concludes that the globalization enshrined in the free trade and investment agreements of the 1990s and 2000s have led to yet another manifestation of commercial interests trampling human rights: land grabs. …(read more).

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