Ethiopia

Opinion: A Development Fairytale or a Global Land Rush?

In this column, Karine Jacquemart, Forest Project Leader for Africa at Greenpeace International, and Anuradha Mittal Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, argue that the land rush unleashed around the world to own and exploit Earth’s natural bounty is not only fierce and unfair, but increasingly fatal, with lands, homes and forests bulldozed and cleared for foreign investors and livelihoods shattered.

The Dark Side of Development: Displacement, Eviction in World Bank Projects and Ethiopia

With the help of international aid, foreign land grabs in the Gambella region of Ethiopia have resulted in environmental degradation, more severe economic and social inequality, and human rights abuses, according to a new study by the Oakland InstituteWe Say The Land Is Not Yours collects testimony from victims of “villagization,” a policy of forced displacement started under the military Derg dictatorship and, ac

Opinion: A Development Fairytale or a Global Land Rush?

In this column, Karine Jacquemart, Forest Project Leader for Africa at Greenpeace International, and Anuradha Mittal Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, argue that the land rush unleashed around the world to own and exploit Earth’s natural bounty is not only fierce and unfair, but increasingly fatal, with lands, homes and forests bulldozed and cleared for foreign investors and livelihoods shattered.

Opinion: A Development Fairytale or a Global Land Rush?

In this column, Karine Jacquemart, Forest Project Leader for Africa at Greenpeace International, and Anuradha Mittal Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, argue that the land rush unleashed around the world to own and exploit Earth’s natural bounty is not only fierce and unfair, but increasingly fatal, with lands, homes and forests bulldozed and cleared for foreign investors and livelihoods shattered.

Thousands Suffer After Africa Land Grabs

Executive Director of the Oakland Institute Anuradha Mittal and her team have worked for years on land, food and environment issues in regions around the Earth. Oakland Institute recently joined the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in exposing World Bank actions involving land grabs/acquisitions by foreign investors in Ethiopia which have resulted in tens of thousands of small farmers becoming forcibly evicted from their land.

A Development Fairytale or a Global Land Rush?

In this column, Karine Jacquemart, Forest Project Leader for Africa at Greenpeace International, and Anuradha Mittal Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, argue that the land rush unleashed around the world to own and exploit Earth’s natural bounty is not only fierce and unfair, but increasingly fatal, with lands, homes and forests bulldozed and cleared for foreign investors and livelihoods shattered.

Report documents forced displacement in Ethiopia

For several years, the Ethiopian government has engaged in a process known as “villagization.” The government uses eminent domain to claim lands, mainly for large-scale commercial agriculture. As a result, people in the tens of thousands continue to be evicted from their ancestral homes. Some villagers have testified that they were removed at gunpoint. The California-based think tank, the Oakland Institute has produced a report from years of research titled We Say the Land is Not Yours: Breaking the Silence Against Forced Displacement in Ethiopia. Anuradha Mittal, executive director of the Oakland Institute, joins us to discuss their findings and the Ethiopian government’s response to the report.

Terreno fertile al business

Ricerche fatte da organizzazioni non governative internazionali, come Oxfam, e soprattutto dall’Oakland Institute (Oi) – un centro studi americano che analizza il fenomeno globale del land grabbing (accaparramento delle terre) e che ha prodotto diversi rapporti anche sull’Etiopia – mostrano che la strategia di sviluppo del governo etiopico è in gran parte basata sulla concessione dei terreni migliori a investitori sia stranieri sia locali.

Yes, Ethiopia Does Violate Human Rights and Displaces People Over Land Rights

[Op-Ed: Letter To Ethiopian Ambassador to U.K.]

Dear Ambassador Berhanu Kebede,

The response from the Ethiopian embassy to our report, We Say the Land is Not Yours, and the Guardian article Ethiopians talk of violence and land grabs as their land is earmarked for foreign investors, makes unfounded allegations about the work and methodology of the Oakland Institute.

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