Ethiopia

Statement From The Oakland Institute On The Conference On Land Policy In Africa

 

Given the recent explosion of land grabs across the African continent, this international conference seems pertinent and timely, especially for the millions of smallholder farmers and citizens across the continent. But let's not allow some key facts to be drowned by the enthusiasm expressed from those attending.

Ethiopian Government to People: This Land is Your Land—Psyche!

by Vince Beiser

Ethiopia’s rapid growth in recent years—per capita GDP has more than quadrupled since 2002—is often touted as an African success story. But the economic boom is costing traditional pastoral people their land and livelihoods, a new report charges.

A Statement from the Oakland Institute on the Conference on Land Policy in Africa

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A Statement from the Oakland Institute on the Conference on Land Policy in Africa

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'Nightmare' for Ethiopian pastoralists as foreign investors buy up land

Ethiopia’s policy of leasing millions of hectares of land to foreign investors is encouraging human rights violations, ruining livelihoods and disturbing a delicate political balance between ethnic groups, a thinktank report has found.

Land Wars: Ethiopia Accused of Massacring Civilians to Clear Way for Foreign Farms

WARNING: This article contains disturbing images

Ethiopia, one of the world's hungriest countries, is selling off vast chunks of its land to foreign investors who are growing food products for export — and those who get in the government's way are being killed or silenced, according to a new investigation.

Engineering Ethnic Conflict: The Toll of Ethiopia's Plantation Development on Suri People

Recently dubbed “Africa’s Lion” (in allusion to the discourse around “Asian Tigers”), Ethiopia is celebrated for its steady economic growth, including a growing number of millionaires compared to other African nations. However, as documented in previous research by the Oakland Institute, the Ethiopian government’s “development strategy,” is founded on its policy of leasing millions of hectares (ha) of land to foreign investors. Implementation of this strategy involves human rights violations including coerced displacement, political repression, and neglect of local livelihoods, and places foreign and political interests above the rights and needs of local populations, especially ethnic groups who have historically been marginalized and neglected by the government.

Sugar, Land Grabs and Human Rights

When you look at Western news sources today (such as the New York Times) and search for articles on Ethiopia, not much has been covered in the past year unless it’s related to our national security. The most recent article about Ethiopia in the Times (which was posted today) is not about Ethiopia at all, but rather remembering the shooting at the Westgate Mall in Kenya a year ago and about combating the Somalia-based terrorist group Al Shabab.

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