Civil society calls for end to land grabbing

desertification in Africa

Non-governmental organizations attending the UN conference on combating desertification in Changwon, South Korea have called for an end to land grabbing.

It is estimated that 227 million hectares of land belonging to local communities and indigenous people, mainly in Africa, have been sold or licensed to international investors, through secret deals since 2001.

Non-governmental organizations or NGOs reminded participants that civil society organizations live and work closely with communities affected by land degradation and poverty.

Jérôme Longue reports from Changwon. 

"NGOs called for the adoption of a holistic approach to funding. They sent a strong warning regarding land grabbing, a growing process supported by agribusiness and governments which confiscates on all continents hundreds of millions of hectares of fertile land from farmers and indigenous people. NGOs stressed the need for more action since the process of desertification is proceeding relentlessly. In Changwon, Jérôme

Longué, United Nations Radio.

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