UK and Germany firms use government officials to grab 20,000 peasants’ land As people celebrate Christmas, it is a luxury that others can even hardly afford to think about and have spent their last 10 Christmas like that—sad, poor and displaced.
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With world food demand expected to jump 70% and rising production of biofuels, international investors are gobbling up agricultural land in developing world. But what happens to the rights of local farmers?
A Norwegian company, ScanFuel Ltd., says its Ghanaian unit has contracted about 400,000 hectares of land, with up to 60 percent reserved for biofuel production, “not less” than 30 percent for food production and the remainder for biodiversity buffer zones.
Some Claim It’s for Food Security, Some Say It’s a Land Grab Punjab, India’s government is considering buying or leasing millions of acres of land in Central and South America, where Punjabi farmers already cultivate tens of thousands of acres. The purpose: to grow crops that will help feed India’s 1.1 billion people.
According to the World Food Programme, 925 million people across the world currently do not have enough to eat. That number is increasing.
European biofuel companies dangle large carrots to capture land from chiefs naïve about the impact landlessness will have on their village lives today and in the future, in what has been dubbed Africa’s neo-colonisation.
There are credible reports that big multinational corporations like Biofuel Africa Ltd in cahoots with corrupt politicians and traditional leaders and with the backing of global financial institutions are buying large tracts of land in parts of Africa, under bizarre circumstances, displacing rural farmers, destabilising rural communities and slowly building up chaos that is further …
YAOUNDE (Reuters) – African governments should avoid rushing into big land lease deals with foreign investors or risk deepening poverty and ramping up social tensions, an official at the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Office said.
The prospects for agriculture In the first half of this century, as the world’s population grows to around 9 billion, global demand for food, feed and fibre will nearly double while, increasingly, crops may also be used for bioenergy and other industrial purposes. New and traditional demand for agricultural produce will thus put growing pressure …
NAIROBI (IDN) – Whereas the World Bank’s new and much anticipated report on the global farmland grab provides very little new and solid data about how these land grab deals are playing out on the ground, new investigations by Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) point out that the amount of land being taken in …