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.

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.

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.