The only “win-win” will be accomplished when small-scale farmers can grow safe, healthy food for local communities. We support Olivier De Schutter as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food – and believe that international institutions must be held to the higher standards.
BRUSSELS – The World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretariat recently presented seven “Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment.” The principles seek to ensure that large-scale land investments result in “win-win” situations, benefiting investors and directly affected communities alike. But, though well-intended, the principles are woefully inadequate. Read the rest of this entry »