Land Rights

Sierra Leone: Le Jeu Trouble du Groupe Bollore

Expropriations, compensations minimales, intimidations, affaiblissement des populations… La dernière opération foncière d’une multinationale détenue en grande partie par le groupe Bolloré illustre tous les risques de l’accaparement des terres dans les pays du Sud. Mais face à ce Goliath, des villageois résistent.

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Global Capitalism: The Gift that Keeps on Taking

During this holiday season, while armies of eager shoppers packed malls and stores throughout the nation, America also joined in the festive atmosphere, giving expensive gifts to many of its friends and associates. You might be wondering what is hiding underneath the wrapping paper? If you guessed weapons, you are spot on. Yes, that's right, there is no better way to say "I love you" than to give your ally a 2,000-pound bomb that can be used to greet their next-door neighbor, say, in the Gaza Strip.

Q&A: Fighting to Save Africa’s Richest Rainforest

 

Monde Kingsley Nfor interviews NASAKO BESINGI, director of environmental NGO Struggle to Economize the Future

 

YAOUNDE, Dec 20 2012 (IPS) - Protests against a controversial palm oil plantation in the Korup National Park, Africa’s oldest and richest rainforest in terms of floral and faunal diversity, in Mundemba, southwest Cameroon will continue despite the arrests and intimidation of local environmental campaigners. 

DfID Under Fire for Poor Response to Human Rights Concerns in Ethiopia

Aid officials accused of failing to fully investigate reports of abuse by Ethiopian authorities against ethnic groups

 

Tanzania Takes Major Step Towards Curbing Land 'Grabs'

Tanzania has set a ceiling for investors wanting to buy its agricultural land, a move welcomed by land rights campaigners

 

Curbing Tanzania’s “Land Grabbing Race”

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 en Konfliktskaper

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

In Chadha Family Saga, an African Footnote

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 Markets Send Investors to Farm Country

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.

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