Land Rights

Hedge funds 'grabbing land' in Africa

BBC--Hedge funds are behind "land grabs" in Africa to boost their profits in the food and biofuel sectors, a US think-tank says.

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Read more about the Oakland Institute's ground-breaking research, which reveals previously unpublished details about land grabs across Africa.

Sweden Freezes Payments in Global Carbon Trade Deal After Exposé Reveals Green Resources Cheated Local Communities

As the count down starts for the climate negotiations to begin in Paris, Sweden has just announced it will freeze payment to Green Resources, one of the largest plantation forestry carbon offset companies operating on the African continent. This move follows the publication of The Darker Shade of Green: Plantation Forestry and Carbon Violence by the Oakland Institute just over a year ago

Le braquage planétaire des terres agricoles

Fabrice Nicolino

Dans son dernier ouvrage Lettre à un paysan sur le vaste merdier qu’est devenue l’agriculture, le journaliste Fabrice Nicolino dénonce l’industrialisation de l’agriculture en France et ailleurs dans le monde. Il s’attarde aussi sur le Land grabbing ou l’accaparement des terres agricoles par des entreprises étrangères dans les pays en développement. Une pratique qui menace la petite paysannerie, entraine la paupérisation des agriculteurs et l’exode rural. Nous publions ici des extraits du chapitre de son livre consacré à ce sujet.

Civil Society Comes Together in Latin America to Challenge the World Bank’s Annual Meetings

-- EMBARGOED UNTIL 9am EST, Tuesday, October 6, 2015 --

Civil society organizations, Indigenous communities, and social movements come together to challenge the World Bank’s neoliberal agenda, which has caused massive environmental destruction and social distress on the Latin American continent.

La Sociedad Civil se une en América Latina para retar las Reuniones Anuales del Banco Mundial


Organizaciones de la sociedad civil, comunidades indígenas y movimientos sociales se unen para retar la agenda neoliberal del Banco Mundial, que ha causado destrucciones masivas del medio ambiente y tensiones sociales en el continente latinoamericano.

Group Of 'Eminent Persons' Call For International Judicial Process Into Alleged War Crimes In Sri Lanka

A group of eminent persons from various countries has called upon the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to establish an international independent judicial process under UN auspices to go into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.

In an open letter, the group contended that “very little has changed” since the Council adopted a resolution in March 2014, setting up an international investigation into allegations of crimes committed during and since the war through the Office of the UN High Commissioner’s Investigation on Sri Lanka or OISL.