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World Bank Resurrects Program Tied to Evictions, Study Claims ICIJ — March 21, 2016

Sasha Chavkin

A $600 million World Bank loan to Ethiopia’s authoritarian government lacks proper oversight and “reinvents” a previous loan that was used by the Ethiopian regime to finance violent evictions of indigenous people, a new report by the human rights advocacy group The Oakland Institute charges.

Tax Avoidance by Logging Companies Costing PNG More than $100 Million a Year, Report Says ABC Radio Australia — February 18, 2016

Jemima Garrett

Tax avoidance by foreign logging companies is costing Papua New Guinea hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a new report by the Californian-based Oakland Institute.

Tax Cheating Rife as Papua New Guinea Becomes Top Timber Exporter, Report Says 100 Reporters — February 16, 2016

Douglas Gillison

Papua New Guinea, now the world’s largest producer of tropical timber, is losing more than $100 million annually to widespread tax evasion in its logging industry, depriving the impoverished country of needed state revenues as its forests are progressively cleared and degraded, according to a report to be released today.

Le « potentiel méconnu » de l’agroécologie africaine vanté en marge de la COP21 Jeune Afrique — December 7, 2015

Benjamin Polle

Trente-trois études de cas constituées pendant trois ans par l'Oakland Institute auprès d'une population de deux millions de foyers ruraux d'Afrique subsaharienne vantent le "potentiel économique, social et de sécurité alimentaire" des techniques agroécologiques.


  • teleSUR

    A new report exposes how Western AID agencies including Bill Gates' are supporting controversial agribusiness policies in developing countries, especially in Africa.

    Prominent Western AID donors are supporting industrial agriculture companies at the expense of local and family farmers throughout Africa, according to a new report...

  • CounterPunch

    Graham Peebles

    Millions of the poorest, most vulnerable people in Ethiopia are once again at risk of starvation. Elderly men and women, weak and desperate, wait for food and water; malnourished children lie dying; livestock, bones protruding, perish.

  • Financial Times

    An Ethiopian court has handed down a nine-year jail sentence to a leading dissident from the restive region where the government has leased vast tracts of land to foreign investors.

  • National Geographic

    Peter Schwartzstein
    Turning sand into soil has long been a fantasy for many desert-dwelling peoples, and for much of the past few decades, many countries have worked hard to make it a reality. Now, these bids to green the desert have begun to flounder amid a desperate water crisis, forcing the nations to look elsewhere for food security...

  • IPS - Inter Press Service

    Frederic Mousseau, Policy Director of the Oakland Institute, coordinated the research for the Institute’s agroeocology project.

  • Mongabay

    John C. Cannon

    This is the first part of a series on palm oil in Cameroon. The next will follow shortly and will be linked here when published.

    Tucked amongst the hilltops of Yaoundé are the signs of a country and an economy on the move. Cameroonians fill high-end grocery stores, bars and restaurants, often spilling out...


OI Films

On Our Land

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The Herakles Debacle

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Lower Omo: Lives Under Threat

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Gambella Snapshot: US Aid to Ethiopia Supports Forced Relocations for Land Grabs

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Agricultural Investment or Land Grabs in Sierra Leone?

Learn more about land grabs in Sierra Leone


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