(EN) Land grabbing creating food insecurity

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A civil society organization from Senegal says the problem of land grabbing has created food insecurity in many African countries. Executive secretary of Environment and Development Action in the third world ENDA, Masse Lo said the west has shifted their focus of investment from oil to land in the name of green economy.
He said the message his organization is carrying, is to ask the western world to vacate the land and let the farmer occupy it, decolonize nature, occupy nature is the motto.
Mr. Lo said the issue of land grabbing is against the sovereignty of the African people and asked leaders to consider halting the so called green economy.
He said green economy is not bad but it is unfair for every concept to come to Africa, Lo says the worst pollution Africa is facing at the moment is pollution from the concept; he says every concept needs to revised and studied. He said there are aspects of green economy which Africa may require but Africa needs own agenda.
Mr. Lo said world leaders are just misleading this world because from 1992 up to date nothing has been done, he said it would have been better to call this summit Rio-20 not Rio+20 because there is no access to land .
He said NGOs and civil society organizations will continue to develop parallel activities even if governments may not agree with their ideologies they will go ahead because they have communities to back them.
He says after the summit, he wants to see work that will involve the community and good representation in the management from civil society in the management of natural resources because it is about the survival of these communities.
He said they are at the summit to suggest alternatives and to ask governments to adopt good polices for the benefit of farmers thereby creating food security. He was speaking during a presentation at the ongoing people’s summit in Rio de janeiro Brazil.

 

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