Farmers’ rights group urges EU to support ‘land grab’

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The rights group WWF says European countries should act to stop land grabs by the EU, including the “biggest agricultural project in the world” in the Congo.

The organisation has urged European leaders to push ahead with the controversial plans, which are part of a wider EU programme to improve the lives of millions of people living in conflict-affected countries.

The land grabbing, which is part of the EU’s plan to build infrastructure and create jobs in the region, is estimated to cost up to £4.8bn ($7bn).

It aims to improve livelihoods and create employment in some of the world’s poorest countries.

WWF is the only organisation that has been recognised by the European Commission as a “civil society” by the commission’s legal watchdog, the European Court of Justice.

The group said the EU had been “slowly and deliberately” addressing the problem.

It has also raised concerns about the use of the Congolese government’s land for the construction of roads, hospitals and schools.

The EU’s ambitious plan to rebuild the region’s infrastructure is set to create an estimated 12,000 jobs in its first year, WWF said.

The European Commission has criticised the plan for being “ill-conceived” and saying it will “lead to an unnecessary loss of the Congo’s natural resources”.

It has said the plan is aimed at protecting the country’s “cultural heritage”.

“This is not a solution for the Congo.

It’s a solution to extract the wealth of the land from the Congos,” WWF regional director Michael Van Pelt said.

“We believe that land grabbing is a wrong way of looking at the Congo, and the EU should do a better job of dealing with this.”

The EU plan is expected to cost around £1.7bn over the next five years.

The new plan will also boost the economy of the former French colony of French Guiana, which will gain more than a million jobs.

WWF says more than 90% of the new jobs will be in construction and infrastructure.

The UK, France, Germany and Italy are among countries that have criticised the plans.