Land Rights

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.

Investments Into, Out of Developing Countries at Record Levels

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. 

Fund Farm Buying 'Only Just Begun' - Even at $40bn

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.

Is Your Pension Fund Taking Land Away From African Farmers?

A new report finds that some of the biggest funds are involved in deals that could shortchange subsistence farmers in the developing world.

Sierra Leonean Villagers Call for Solidarity in their Struggle against Socfin/Bollore’s Palm Oil Plantations

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.