Land Rights

US universities in Africa 'land grab'

Guardian UK--Institutions including Harvard and Vanderbilt reportedly use hedge funds to buy land in deals that may force farmers out.

Investor land deals exploiting Africa, report alleges

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.

Special Investigation Phase One: Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa

Read more about the Oakland Institute's ground-breaking research, which reveals previously unpublished details about land grabs across Africa.

Swelling Ethiopian Migration Casts Doubt on its Economic Miracle

ADDIS ABABA, Apr 25 2015 (IPS) - The 28 Ethiopian migrants of Christian faith murdered by the Islamic State (IS) on Apr. 19 in Libya had planned to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of work in Europe.

Commenting on the killings to Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), Ethiopian government spokesperson Redwan Hussien urged potential migrants not to risk their lives by using dangerous exit routes.

Monsanto is Buying Lands

It is believed that there are just over 1.4 billion hectares of land potentially suitable for agricultural production in the world. According to many Western experts, today agricultural land assets are highly profitable business investments, and therefore in the coming years alone, allocation of about 150 billion dollars by various countries for the purchase of agricultural land is projected. Among the reasons for this, the prediction of steady increase in food prices is indicated in particular.

CIVIL SOCIETY ASKS 3 CRITICAL QUESTIONS OF THE WORLD BANK AT ITS 2015 SPRING MEETINGS

Oakland, CA – As the World Bank prepares for its annual Spring Meetings, members of Our Land Our Business, a campaign of over 260 NGOs, farmer groups and trade unions from around the world, are publically posing three questions about the Bank’s role in land grabbing, climate destruction and the corporatization of agriculture.

These questions penetrate to the heart of the World Bank’s development model and throw its loudly and expensively self-promoted claim to serve the interests of the world’s poor into stark relief.

Ethiopians ‘Tortured, Oppressed and Silenced’ Into Surrendering Land to Foreign Investors

First-person testimony published Tuesday tallies the human cost of Ethiopia’s “villagization” program, in which tens of thousands of people have been forced from their ancestral homes to make way for large-scale commercial agriculture.

The findings were reported by the California-based Oakland Institute in a study titled “We Say the Land Is Not Yours: Breaking the Silence Against Forced Displacement in Ethiopia.”

Verba do Banco Mundial financiou remoções na Etiópia

Financiamento originalmente destinado a programa público de saúde e educação foi desviado pelo governo etíope para bancar remoções forçadas de programa de formação de vilas

Soldados apontaram suas armas para Odoge Otiri e levaram o estudante, de 22 anos, para a floresta que cerca a sua comunidade, no oeste da Etiópia. Então começaram a agredi-lo com seus cassetetes e o deixaram sangrando e imobilizado. “Fiquei inconsciente”, lembra. “Só me deixaram lá porque acharam que eu fosse morrer.”

The battle for the future of farming - why is the World Bank on the wrong side?

The World Bank exists to fight poverty. So why does it promote a profit-driven model of agriculture that enriches corporations at the expense of the small farmers who provide most of the world's food, creating poverty by stealing their land and water, depleting resources and undermining sustainable livelihoods?

The real problem isn't that we are, or will be, short of food, but that it is poorly distributed because of deep imbalances of power. Throwing vast amounts of money at large corporate models only deepens those power imbalances.

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