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What a week! GROW Week 2012

What a week! GROW Week 2012

by Oxfam | October 23, 2012

The voices of Oxfam supporters in more than 40 countries were heard during GROW Week, October 15-19. It was loud, vibrant, colourful and fun. It’s been a great way to engage people in the GROW campaign as we continue to make noise about the food system and land grabs.

In Canada, from coast to coast to coast, Oxfam enthusiasts symbolically grabbed land to draw public attention to the issue of land grabs. See our Flickr photos.

We made them sit up and listen at the highest levels of the World Bank! Thanks to you, they heard us loud and clear.

GROW Week comes hot on the heels of the launch of our Land Grabs campaign. Already thousands of people have called on the World Bank to freeze their large land deals while a fairer way is found – one that works for communities around the world. GROW Week showed the World Bank that this campaign is global and growing. In Canada, almost 1,000 people sent a message to Minister Jim Flaherty asking him to call on the World Bank to commit to the freeze, and this number is still rising.

The campaign continues! If you haven’t already, send a message to Jim Flaherty, Canada’s Minister of Finance and governor to the World Bank, calling on the World Bank to commit to a freeze of land investments in developing countries for six months. That’s the first thing. Visit our GROW action centre for more ways to spread the word about land grabs.

Donate to support small-scale women farmers in Nicaragua to help them develop successful agricultural businesses and become leaders in their communities.

Sarah in action in Toronto during GROW Week
– Sarah Lyons is Oxfam Canada’s National Public Engagement Officer
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