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Mass Dispossession Through the Commodification of Land

Under a new scheme, the World Bank seems intent on dismantling customary land laws in a push to privatize land and ultimately turn it into a commodity for sale to the highest bidder. In Africa, where much of the land is still governed by customary laws, this constitutes an odious and immediate threat to people’s livelihoods, autonomy and culture. Gwen talks to Frederic Mousseau, Policy Director of the Oakland Institute and the author of The Highest Bidder Takes it All: The World Bank’s Scheme to Privatize the Commons.

New Report Shows How World Bank Enables Corporate Land Grabs

Alnoor Ladha, Truthout

At the World Bank’s annual meeting this month, the Bank’s new president and former Trump adviser, David Malpass, ignored research that concludes the Bank’s policies are driving large-scale corporate land grabs across the Global South, with devastating consequences for the poor.

World Bank Dispossessing Rural Poor

KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Apr 18 2019 (IPS) - The World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project, launched in 2013, has sought agricultural reforms favouring the corporate sector. EBA was initially established to support the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, initiated by the G8 to promote private agricultural development in Africa.

The highest bidder takes it all: The World Bank’s new scheme to privatise land in the Global South

Frédéric Mousseau


The World Bank is launching an unprecedented attack on the commons by pushing for the privatisation of customary and public land and its sale by auction to the highest bidder. The land indicator of the Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture rankings prescribes policy reforms to ease access to land for agribusiness, at the expense of family farmers, pastoralists, and Indigenous Peoples.

A Response to Klaus Deininger’s Blog Post The World Bank’s Land and Poverty Conference: 20 years on

Dear Mr. Deininger,

Your recent blog post surprisingly contradicts the prescriptions and policy guidance that your organization, the World Bank, gives to governments around the world, particularly in Africa.

An Open Letter to the World Bank on its 20th Land and Poverty Conference

As the World Bank's 20th Annual Land and Poverty Conference gets underway, we urge you to immediately put an end to the Bank's attack on land rights orchestrated though the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project.

Diseñar políticas alimentarias que pongan en el centro a los pequeños agricultores, pastores y pueblos indígenas para proteger la tierra y la seguridad alimentaria

Un nuevo informe realizado por The Oakland Institute, bajo el nombre The Highest Bidder Takes It All: The World Bank’s Scheme to Privatize the Commons (El mejor postor se lo lleva todo: el plan del Banco Mundial para privatizar los bienes comunales), muestra cómo el Banco Mundial quiere llevar a cabo reformas a través de un nuevo indicador dentro del proyecto Enabling the Business of Agriculture EBA que promueve las adquisiciones de tierras a gran escala y la expansión de los agronegocios en el mundo.

World Bank's New Scheme to Privatize Land in the Developing World Exposed


January 24, 2019

Media Contact:
Frédéric Mousseau
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Oakland, CA — In advance of the release of the World Bank’s 2019 Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) report, the Oakland Institute exposes the Bank’s new scheme to privatize land in the developing world.

Vendre les terres au plus offrant: Le plan de la Banque mondiale pour privatiser les biens communs

Vendre les terres au plus offrant : Le plan de la Banque mondiale pour privatiser les biens communs détaille comment la Banque préconise des réformes, via un nouvel indicateur foncier dans le projet EBA, encourage les acquisitions de terres à grande échelle et l'expansion de l'agrobusiness dans les pays en développement. Ce nouvel indicateur est désormais un élément clé de l'initiative EBA, qui dicte les réformes favorables aux entreprises que les gouvernements devraient mener dans le secteur agricole.