Land Rights

Eco-Skies: The Global Rush for Aviation Biofuel

The aviation industry has high hopes for biofuels. As its profits are increasingly threatened by erratic fossil fuel prices, and as consumers are more and more concerned with the role of aviation in climate change, biofuels are being billed as the path to both profitability and sustainability. Unfortunately, emerging evidence suggests that as airlines rush to procure biofuel, they do so at the expense of people and the environment.

A Break from the Past

A June 2011 report by the policy think tank the Oakland Institute revealed Vanderbilt University as one of the major investors in EMVest (formerly Emergent Asset Management), an agricultural corporation accused of engaging in the exploitive practice of “land grabbing” in five African countries. The report drew from firsthand research and interviews with those affected by EMVest, and its accusations were serious and large in scale.

Unheard Wisdom: Ethiopian Activists Bring Knowledge of Land Grabs to India, Investors and Policymakers Absent

In early February, the Oakland Institute organized a three-day forum in New Delhi with the Indian Social Action Forum, Kalpavriksh, and Centre for Social Development on the impact of large-scale land acquisitions in Ethiopia and India by private enterprises on indigenous communities in both countries.

The Great Ethiopian Land Giveaway

Ancestral land which for generations has served as home and source of livelihood for hundreds of thousands of indigenous people in Ethiopia is being leased out to foreign corporations on 99-year renewable contracts at nominal sums.

Agribusiness corporations

Land Loyalties in Ethiopia

With the coming of industrial-size farms in Ethiopia, local people, villagers and pastoralists (deemed irrelevant to the Government’s, economically-driven development plans) are being threatened, and intimidated by the military; forcibly displaced and herded into camps, their homes destroyed. Along with vast agricultural complexes, dams are planned and constructed, water supplies re-directed to irrigate crops, forests burnt, natural habitats destroyed. Dissenting voices are brutally silenced – men beaten, children frightened, women raped, so too the land.

Africa Today - Mali: History, Politics and Culture

Africa Today and Transitions on Traditions present a 2-hour special program on the history, the politics, and the music of the West African country of Mali. (Anuradha Mittal speaks at 1:04 in.)

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Indian Land Grab in Africa: Sputnik Kilambi

The rise of China and India in Africa has important implications for the continent’s development. While the two Asian giants provide a much needed alternative to the old and until now sole paradigm of dependence on the West, both countries are accused of being part of the global land grabbing club.

US NGO Slams City Rose Grower’s Ethiopia Venture

It alleges that the dealings of Karuturi Global, one of India’s largest flower growers, in the African nation do not smell as sweet as what it grows

 

The smell of success is usually sweet. But for the Rs 560 crore turnover Karuturi Global, this axiom cannot be farther than the truth. Karuturi’s ambitious foray into Ethiopia, one of Africa’s most impoverished countries, has come under microscopic scrutiny by US-based NGO Oakland Institute, which alleged in a recent report that the company’s land deals in the country are far from transparent.

Ethiopia: Displacement, Intimidation and Abuse

By Graham Peebles

 

With the coming of big industrial farms in Ethiopia, local people, villagers and pastoralists are being threatened, intimidated, forcibly displaced and herded into camps by the military, their homes destroyed. Along with vast agricultural complexes, dams are planned and constructed, water supplies redirected to irrigate crops, forests burnt, natural habitats destroyed. Dissenting voices are brutally silenced – men beaten, children frightened, women raped, as is the land.

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