Read the Report from the Indian-Ethiopian Civil Society Summit on Land Investments New Delhi, February 5-7, 2013
Press conference, Indian-Ethiopian Civil Society Summit on Land Investments
February 5, 2013, Press Club of India, New Delhi, India
Statement by Mr. Obang Metho, Executive Director of the SMNE, at the Indian-Ethiopian Civil Society Summit on Land Investments
The Human Rights Impact of Land Investments on Indigenous Communities in Gambella
The Lower Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia is internationally renowned for its unique cultural and ecological landscape. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Lower Omo Valley contains two national parks and is home to approximately 200,000 agro-pastoralists made up of some of Africa’s most unique and traditional ethnic groups, including the Kwegu, Bodi, Suri, Mursi, Nyangatom, Hamer, Karo, and Dassenach, among others.
Millions of acres of Ethiopia’s most fertile land are being made available to investors, often in long-term leases and at giveaway prices. Although proponents of these investments call them “win-win” deals, the reality proves much different. To make way for agricultural investment, and through its so-called villagization program, the Ethiopian government has forcibly displaced hundreds of thousands of indigenous people from their lands. This relocation process has destroyed livelihoods. It has...
Le Forum d'action sociale indien (INSAF, en anglais) et l'Oakland Institute des Etats-Unis vont tenir un sommet d'une journée le 06 février 2013 au Centre international de l'Inde, à New Delhi. Ce sommet vise à sensibiliser sur l'accaparement des terres des pauvres planteurs au profit des grosses multinationales.
Lagos, Nigeria - The Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF) and the Oakland Institute in the US will convene a day-long summit on 6 February at the India International Centre, New Delhi, bringing together activists resisting land grabs across India and Ethiopia.
In recent years, India has seen a massive transfer of land and natural resources from the rural poor to wealthy investors. And the country has become a leader in external land-grabbing as well: Indian companies are the second largest investors in the Ethiopian economy, with approved investments worth nearly $5 billion and land lease agreements for over 600,000 hectares across Ethiopia.
Feb. 6, 2013, India International Centre, New Delhi
9.00 AM: Registration
9.30 AM-9.40 AM: Welcome Address
9.40 AM-9.50 AM: Introduction
9.50-10.00 AM: Inaugural Address
10.00 AM-12 PM: Land grabbing experiences from Ethiopia
Speakers followed by open session
12-1.30 PM: Land grabbing, Indian experiences
1.30-2.15 PM: Lunch
2.15-3.15 PM: Land grabbing, Indian experiences