Reuters--Wealthy U.S. and European investors are accumulating large swaths of African agricultural lands in deals that have little accountability and give them greater control over food supply for the world's poor, according to a report released Wednesday.
Read more about the Oakland Institute's ground-breaking research, which reveals previously unpublished details about land grabs across Africa.
Wissenschaftler warnen vor weiteren Strukturanpassungsmaßnehmen nach Kreditfreigaben
Während die internationale Öffentlichkeit sich auf die politische Krise in der Ukraine fokussiert, treibt die dortige Regierung eine Reihe von Reformen voran. Aktivisten sind alarmiert.
Amidst an exodus of some 100,000 people from the conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, ongoing fighting in the urban strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk between Ukrainian soldiers and separatist rebels, and talk of more sanctions against Russia, it is hard to focus on the more subtle changes taking place in this eastern European nation.
Mostly unreported as the Ukraine conflict captures headlines, international financing has played a significant role in the current situation there.
In late 2013, conflict between pro-European Union (EU) and pro-Russian Ukrainians escalated to violent levels, leading to the departure of President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 and prompting the greatest East-West confrontation since the Cold War.
News from Brussels on July 28 and from Washington on July 29 that both the EU and US are stepping up sanctions on Russia have been met with a general "it's about time" from the world. Nobody outside Russia, it seems, has trouble roundly condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin for fuelling this terrible conflict, or approving of punitive western responses.
Автор: Джойс Нельсон
Оригинал публикации: Monsanto and Ukraine
While the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine is dominated by geopolitical tussles between global role-players, it also impacts agriculture and global food security in more than one way.
The ongoing conflict in the Ukraine is primarily embedded in a political tussle between Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus (the emerging Eurasian Economic Union) on the one hand and the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the other hand.
Click here to listen to the interview.
by Frédéric Mousseau
In this column, Frédéric Mousseau, Policy Directory of the Oakland Institute and co-author of the report ‘Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict’, argues that IMF and World Bank aid packages contingent on austerity reforms will have a devastating impact on Ukrainians’ standard of living and increase poverty in the country.