“Glad to see land access strongly recognised in the Save the Children report, although its significance was not identified in this HP piece on Malnutrition.
I would recommend a read of the report, but must also express sadness that the only land access being upheld is for commercial farming. Surely it should be clear from our own first world experience that in a competitive market place a reducing number of individuals can be commercially successful and individuals will soon enough be swallowed up by bigger business.
The importance of land access should not be promoted as primarily, let alone exclusively about commercial enterprise.
The whole emphasis on commercial enterprise promoted by the report, is out of balance and that imbalance is at the root of malnutrition and much else that creates poverty for some and riches for others. Secure land access (as distinct from ownership or renting) is a human right, like access to air and water. Land access is first and foremost fundamentally about home gardening and secure housing. It is common to forget that land is a gift of nature to all, perhaps because we who are successful have so much invested in the system of ownership, preferring for this reason to deal with the casualties in this system as failures deserving of our "charity" and our carefully prescribed welfare. It's time for a rethink about how we do business - www.ntw.110mb.com
“You can’t revive the neighbourhood if virtually everyone has to desert it and bury themselves in paid work elsewhere in order to pay for food and shelter. The objective of paid employment is, I think, wrong headed and as the article hints, unnecessary anyhow - a very different process of participation is required.
Neighbourhoods could be vibrant, productive, fun and sustainable places to live. Beyond what it would do for the local community this also has increasing global significance.
Dr. Ted Trainer from NSW University says that while greener industries and greener technologies will play an important role in the future, sustainability must also involve more self sufficiency and more cooperation at both household and neighbourhood levels.”
“Who could object to respect for the rule of law? ... and surely no one doubts we face a food crisis, or that women and foreign investment are an important part of the solution.
However, as the author asks, "And then what?".
What happens when agri-business moves in next door to a small farmer & starts to take over the market? Everywhere in the world, investors know this ultimately leads to sale of the farm and a drift to the cities - agri-business gets the land.
What is the evicted farmer left with - money from the sale of their rights, although unless they can hold on for a very long time, the money they get won't be enough to house them, let alone their children's children in the cities.
We have a right to be very suspicious when foreign investors who are primarily motivated by personal profit are dressed up as good guys. Investors stand to gain the world from the recognition of land rights in the form of land as property - but they could also have the security for development if land rights were attached to people, wherever they may live.