Land Rights

US universities in Africa 'land grab'

Guardian UK--Institutions including Harvard and Vanderbilt reportedly use hedge funds to buy land in deals that may force farmers out.

Investor land deals exploiting Africa, report alleges

Reuters--Wealthy U.S. and European investors are accumulating large swaths of African agricultural lands in deals that have little accountability and give them greater control over food supply for the world's poor, according to a report released Wednesday.

Special Investigation Phase One: Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa

Read more about the Oakland Institute's ground-breaking research, which reveals previously unpublished details about land grabs across Africa.

Ukraine: Grüne Gentechnik durch die Hintertür?

Die neue Führung sucht Investoren. Mit Krediten aus dem Westen könnte aber auch eine agropolitische Wende in Richtung Agro-Gentechnik stattfinden

Mit mehr als 30 Millionen Hektar Agrarfläche und fruchtbarem Schwarzboden ist die Ukraine höchst attraktiv für das Agro-Business. Ukrainische und internationale Agrar-Holdings pachten seit etlichen Jahren Land zu niedrigen Preisen. NGOs sprechen von Landgrabbing.

World Bank's confab on land & poverty is a sham - CSOs

Farmer organisations, indigenous groups, trade unions and other civil society organisations, under the umbrella of “our land our business”, has called the World Bank's Annual Conference on land and poverty a sham.

Every spring for the last fifteen years, the World Bank has organised the “Conference on Land and Poverty,” which brings together corporations, governments and civil society groups. The aim is ostensibly to discuss how to “improve land governance.”

World Bank's Conference on Land & Poverty is a Cruel Farce

On Monday the World Bank's Conference on Land and Poverty begins in the US. But farmer organizations, indigenous groups, trade unions and others denounce the whole exercise as a sham that, in tandem with other Bank initiatives, is all about accelerating corporate land grabs and robbing the poor that the Bank was founded to assist.

Civil Society Denounces World Bank's Conference on Land and Poverty

Oakland, CA - Every spring for the last fifteen years, the World Bank has organized the "Conference onLand and Poverty," which brings together corporations, governments and civil society groups. The aim is ostensibly to discuss how to "improve land governance."

Whereas the 16th conference will take place in Washington D.C. from March 23 to 27, hundreds of civilsociety organizations are denouncing the World Bank's role in global land grabs and its deceitful leadership on land issues.

Shafted: The winners and losers of Ukraine’s austerity agenda

On March 2, 2015, the Ukrainian government passed amendments to its 2015 budget that will cripple the economic well being of most Ukrainians, but satisfy the International Monetary Fund (IMF). At the cost of their pensions, tax increases, sky-rocketing energy bills, and a re-organized banking sector, Ukrainians are now poised to get an IMF-led bailout of up to $40 billion. These austerity measures will have a huge adverse impact – with inflation soaring, many citizens of Ukraine already face dwindling financial reserves. Increases in taxes, energy bills, and lost pensions, are enough to throw any family into financial turmoil.

These reforms also have vast implications for Ukraine’s agricultural sector.

Wettlauf um die ukrainische Schwarzerde

Für Frédéric Mousseau ist die Sache klar: Der Westen will an ukrainisches Land – und das ist nicht bloß eine Metapher. Mousseau ist Strategiedirektor des kalifornischen Oakland Instituts, eines auf Nahrungssicherheit und Klimathemen spezialisierten Think Tanks. In zwei Berichten haben er und seine Mitarbeiter dokumentiert, wie enorm das Interesse westlicher Konzerne an den Feldern der Ukraine ist.

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