DAKAR – Population growth and rising consumption by a minority of people around the world are fuelling global land acquisitions and Africa is a “prime target”, says the International Land Coalition.
In the last few years, large-scale acquisitions of farmland in Africa, Latin America and Asia have made headlines across the world. In Africa, countries such as Ethiopia, South Sudan, DR Congo and Sierra Leone have all signed major land deals with foreign investors. But how do they affect local people? Photos: Alfredo Bini. The BBC World Service Africa Debate programme is discussing land deals at 1900 GMT on Friday 24 February.
Over the last couple of years, large-scale acquisitions of farmland in Africa, Latin America and Asia have made headlines across the world. The issue described as "land grabbing" by its critics has been particularly contentious in sub-Saharan Africa because land there is considered central to identity, food security and livelihoods. BBC Africa Debate will be discussing the issue in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
In an effort to move beyond just coffee, Ethiopia now exports leather, vegetables, flowers, and yes, the occasional bottle of wine.
L’Etats devrait faire des études très poussées sur les conséquences des attributions de terres à grande échelle, avant que la situation n’échappe à tout contrôle. C’est l’une des recommandations du Cicodev, appuyé par des organisations internationales spécialisées sur la question.
Vidéo de l'atelier international sur "La Transparence dans les attributions et les investissements dans les ressources foncières à grande échelle" organisé par Cicodev Afrique avec la Coalition pour l'Accès à la Terre, Global Witness et le Oakland Institute le 8 février 2012.
The most controversial and potentially devastating part of the deal was the forceful removal of 162,000 people thriving on the land.
Feb. 14 (GIN) - An Iowa school has backed out of a project that was regarded as a massive land grab in Tanzania. Over 160,000 small farmers would have been evicted under the plan.
In its announcement on Feb. 10, Iowa State University said it was tired of defending its role in the African project and its partnership with AgriSol Energy, a U.S. company run by a major university donor.