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Slow Food is committed to stop land grabbing in every form, with all of its 1,500 local convivia and its international projects, like the Presidia and Thousand Gardens in Africa. The Terra Madre network, launched by Slow Food in 2004, welcomed some communities struck by the phenomenon, like the Karrayu shepherds from Fantalle District, Ethiopia.

In Mexico, the construction of three mines and a hydroelectric center is threatening the Náhuat and Totonaco populations that harvest the Slow Food Presidium of the Puebla Sierra Norte Native Bees’ Honey.

In Colombia, Slow Food Bogotá Centro Convivium is part of a coalition against land grabbing, the Coalición Nacional Contra el Acaparamiento.

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Petitions and Statements



Apr 24, 2014 | International petition to denounce the violent repression of protests in the Mexican states of Puebla and Morelos



May 15, 2013 | International Statement - G8 should implement the CFS Tenure Guidelines rather than launch a new initiative aimed at increased transparency in land transactions

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Dakar appeal – Sign the petition!

Via Campesina launched this international petition against land grabbing following the World Social Forum held in Senegal in 2011.


Oxfam | Act now to stop land grabs


Civil society statement on the finance of land grabs - Slow Food and 60 civil society organizations demand pension funds and other financial institutions stop using funds in agricultural land speculation.


Joint civil society statement on MiFID - EU financial regulation must curb food speculation
Civil society organizations urged European Union governments and MPs to use the opportunity of the review of the EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and the new respective regulation to curb financial speculation in food and other commodity derivatives markets.

Terra Madre communities protest against Madagascan land grab
In 2009 Slow Food supported the Malagasy communities’ protest against Daewoo and circulated the petition Petition halte aux expulsions des familles malgaches et a l’accaparement des terres a Madagascar”.

Stop land grabbing nowThe Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity joined forces with a coalition of organizations, including Via Campesina, FIAN, Land Research Action Network and GRAIN to protest against land grabbing and to denounce its support by the World Bank (WB). 





Turin, Italy, Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre 
October 22, 2010
Who’s stealing land from Africa?

Presented by Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity and Piemonte Regional Authority.
With Franca Roiatti, author of Il nuovo Colonialismo, Edizioni Università Bocconi,Milan; Ralava Beboarimisa, Collectif pour la défense des Terres Malgaches;Clara Jamart, AGTER; Nyikaw Ochalla, Gambela Province, Ethiopia; Antonio Onorati, president of Crocevia; Giovanna Quaglia, Piemonte Regional Authority Councilor for Treasury, Human Resources and Equal Opportunities.


Turin, Italy, Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre
October 27, 2012
Land Hunger

International investors have found a new commodity, ripe for speculation: land. In the poorest countries, millions of hectares of arable land are being sold off at cut-rate prices, often without the knowledge of local communities. What can we do to stop land grabbing?
Chaired by Stefano Liberti, journalist and author of Land grabbing
With Karin Ulmer, APRODEV, Anne Van Schaik, Friends of the Earth Europe, Liliana Marcela Vargas Vásquez, Asociación de Trabajo Interdisciplinario - ATI, Colombia, Mwanahamis Salimu, Campaigns & Advocacy Manager for Economic Justice, Oxfam Tanzania





Illustrated booklet "Land Grabbing: A Mexican Presidium Under Threat"

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