DAR ES SALAAM, Dec 19 2012 (IPS) - From January 2013, Tanzania will start restricting the size of land that single large-scale foreign and local investors can “lease” for agricultural use. The decision follows both local and international criticism that major investors are grabbing large chunks of land here, often displacing small-scale farmers and local communities.
EU har denne uken blitt hyllet som fredsskaper i Europa. Men andre steder i verden skaper EU store konflikter om mat.
Av Mikael Bergius/Fellow på Oakland Institute, Masterstudent UMB
Slain builders had tried their luck with farming in Ethiopia
In August 2008, a middle-aged Punjabi gentleman named Harpdeep Singh Chadha arrived in Ethiopia to set up his family-owned business’s most recent endeavour: a 100,000 hectare sugarcane project that would dovetail into the Rs. 10,000 crore Chadha Group’s interests in sugar and liquor.
Turbulent financial markets have coincided with strong agricultural returns in recent years, spurring investors to buy more farmland, according to an environmental think tank.
The Oakland Institute has released a report, "Betting on World Agriculture," that examines investor interest in farming and profiles 23 firms that are making such investments.
By Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, Dec 6 2012 (IPS) - Foreign direct investment (FDI) both into and out of developing countries is at or nearing record levels, an arm of the World Bank reported on Thursday.
The wave of fund investment in farmland has reached only a fraction of its potential, even after hitting up to $40bn, with the potential to hit $1,000bn as it gains a "natural home" in portfolios.
Macquarie, estimating that institutional investment in farmland had reached "a modest" $30bn-40bn, said there was "significant" scope for funds to increase their ownership of a sector worth an estimated $8,400bn overall.
A new report finds that some of the biggest funds are involved in deals that could shortchange subsistence farmers in the developing world.
Oakland, CA: After months of repression, the small land owners and farming families living in Pujehun, Sierra Leone are calling on the national Human Rights Commission, Civil Society Organizations, and the United Nations to support their struggle against a subsidiary of Socfin, a corporation controlled by the French Tycoon Vincent Bolloré and his associates.
December 4, 2012, 8:00 am EST
Contact: Anuradha Mittal, firstname.lastname@example.org; (510) 469-5228
It's 2 am in Africa--Do You Know What Your Pension Fund is Doing There?