Land, water, and food — these are the most basic resources we need to live.
Big business wants to control our planet’s common natural resources to make profit—by taking over land, privatizing water, patenting seeds, and pushing aside anyone who gets in their way. Fortunately, there are people around the world—movements of peasants, Indigenous Peoples, women and youth—who are fighting to defend resource rights and to put the rights of people and communities ahead of corporate interests. Our partners are on the frontlines of this struggle.
At Grassroots International, we use resource rights as a way to frame political and economic struggles to win the most fundamental of human rights: the rights to land, water, and food. Without these natural resources, life itself is unsustainable.
Land thefts are a particularly important issue in Brazil. Grassroots International co-hosted a recent webinar with allies and partners on the role of U.S. financial institutions driving land grabs and their effect on small-scale farmers.