Andrea Mulinda, Bujumba village farms two acres of cassava, sweet potatoes, bananas, yams and passion fruit. He has three children, plus grand children. Three generations of Andrea's family have worked and lived off the land. He has titles to the land and had been tempted to lease the land, however, after he found that the land would be sterile after producing palm he decided to continue farming for food. He wants to protect his land and pass it on to future generations.Photo: Friends of the Earth International

Communities around the world are struggling to defend their land rights as multinational corporations, private investors and governments seek to obtain large tracks of land. Land-grabbing is associated with serious human rights violations, including indigenous people’s rights, the right to food and the right to land.

SOMO supports communities in claiming and defending their land rights and their right to participate in decision-making processes around projects that could affect their land. We research the activities and policies of corporations and financiers involved in specific cases of large-scale land grabs.

We support partners in advocating locally, nationally and regionally for changes in government and company policies and practices, as well as policies of multi-stakeholder initiatives. Securing full implementation of the international legal principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) is a key objective.

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