Apart from the problem of skyrocketing cost of living in the city consequent upon land speculation and its attendant rising cost of rent, which the Land Swap is sure to escalate, there is the unjust treatment and the violation of fundamental human rights of the local indigenes.
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.
In 2010, a former Wall Street trader flew into war-torn Sudan to negotiate a deal with a thuggish general. He had his eye on a 1 million acre tract of fertile land fed by a tributary of the Nile in the southern section of the country, a region that later claimed its independence as South Sudan.
WASHINGTON, Jan 30 2013 (IPS) - Nearly 22 percent of professionally managed assets around the world can be considered sustainable or responsible, according to a finance industry assessment, the first comprehensive look at the subject.
Have you heard about the phenomenon called ‘land-grabbing’? Multinational corporations and nations are buying up land in foreign countries for them to use – a lot of land. Consider this:
Le nombre de personnes qui souffrent de la famine dans les pays les plus pauvres d’Afrique augmente malgré les avancées dans la production alimentaire, indiquent des chercheurs d’Oxfam. Ils exhortent les donateurs européens et les gouvernements africains à investir davantage dans de petites exploitations agricoles et à inclure la population rurale dans le processus de prise de décision.
The number of people who go hungry in Africa’s poorest countries is growing despite advances in food production, say Oxfam researchers who urge European donors and African governments to invest more in small farms and give rural people a bigger stake in decision-making.
A new report by the global anti-poverty group says more than 230 million people – or one-in-four Africans living south of the Sahara – are undernourished, up 38% from 20 years ago.
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