5000 young rural people will come to Cochin / India on July 24th 2010 in order to demonstrate against Landgrabbing with the slogan “Stop Land Grabbing - this soil is our future!”.
Landgrabbing is an emerging phenomenon which badly hits farmers and rural poor in many parts of the world. State and private investors are leasing or buying up millions of hectares of farmlands in Asia, Africa and Latin America for food and fuel production or for investments. This is a new way for the “foreign investors” to exploit the local population with less economic and political risks.
Antony Saina from the International Movement of Catholic Agricultural Rural Youth participated in the Briefing on Youth and Rural Development in ACP countries as a speaker. He came to share the success stories related to youth and rural development in Kenya. However, according to him the issue of youth and rural development has long been neglected by policy makers, therefore he found the topic of the Briefing pertinent.