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GRAIN calls for end to land grabbing at Swedish Parliament
On 5 December 2011, GRAIN received the 2011 Right Livelihood Award "for its worldwide work to protect the livelihoods and rights of farming communities and to expose the massive purchases of farmland in developing countries by foreign financial interests".
The award, often referred to as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize', was presented to GRAIN co-founders Henk Hobbelink and Renée Vellvé at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm.
GRAIN seized on the opportunity to demand an immediate end to land grabbing and a restitution of lands to local communities.
"GRAIN calls for an immediate end to the current wave of land grabbing," said Henk Hobbelink. "The hot new flow of money from pension funds, investors and agribusiness to buy up or lease farmland in developing countries must stop now. And all the affected lands must be immediately returned to the farmers and local communities."
"We will not solve the global food crisis until people stop trying to replace small-scale family farming systems with large-scale corporate-controlled industrial approaches," said Renée Vellvé. "We need a food system that feeds people, not markets."
In an acceptance speech delivered in front of the Swedish Parliament, GRAIN vowed to continue working together with peasant organisations and other social movements in the struggle for an equitable, just and sustainable food system.
The complete acceptance speech is available in English, Spanish, and French at: http://www.grain.org/e/4422
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