Land Rights

July 29, 2012
Futuregrowth Asset Management, a unit of insurer Old Mutual Plc (OML) that oversees 110 billion rand ($13.3 billion) in fixed income investments, is buying farms in Africa to benefit from surging food prices.
July 24, 2012
Dr. Pamela L. Lomoro   In seven years of independent control, South Sudan has not diversified its economy. Now the domestic agricultural sector languishes and international agri-businesses procure land for export markets. This failure could fuel conflict, if real change is not made.
July 23, 2012
An act as cruel, unconscionable and pointless as any in human history is unfolding in every country, developed or developing, on Earth. Over the next two generations it will drive more than a billion people off land they have worked for generations, obliterating their livelihoods, their family heritage, their homes, their communities, their landscapes, their self-respect and skills. It will send them to swell the voiceless ranks of the urban poor in the bloating megacities.
July 15, 2012
  With minimal consultation, governments and local authorities are signing away huge tracts of lands for lease on the cheap. Now communities are raising their voices in opposition to these projects that bring little local development.
July 19, 2012
  by Ryan J. Foley   IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa Regent Bruce Rastetter on Thursday defended working with Iowa State University to pursue a large-scale land development in Africa that could have benefited himself financially and blamed growing criticism over his involvement on misinformation and public relations mistakes.
July 20, 2012
(AP) IOWA CITY -- Iowa Regent Bruce Rastetter on Thursday defended working with Iowa State University to pursue a large-scale land development in Africa that could have benefited himself financially and blamed growing criticism over his involvement on misinformation and public relations mistakes.
July 20, 2012
IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa Regent Bruce Rastetter on Thursday defended working with Iowa State University to pursue a large-scale land development in Africa that could have benefited himself financially. He blamed growing criticism over his involvement on misinformation and public-relations mistakes.
July 20, 2012
by Jordyn Reiland   State Board of Regents President Pro Tem Bruce Rastetter said he unsure whether the ethics complaint filed against him will be discussed when the Regents meet the first week of August. Rastetter sat down for an interview Wednesday with Daily Iowan reporters and editors to speak about recent allegations surrounding his connection to Tanzania and his hopes as a regent in the future.

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