Land Rights

Hedge funds and corporate raiders in Africa: Space invaders of the third kind

Recently, at a Journal Club meeting, we had occasion to read and critically analyse an excerpt from William Dalrymple's new book,The Anarchy: How a Corporation Replaced the Mughal Empire, 1756-1803. The book apparently is expected to be published next year (company-original-corporate-raiders).

A sense of déjà vu with Rastetter's Iowa Ag Summit

Is the 2015 "Iowa Agriculture Summit" really a bipartisan forum to promote agriculture, or yet another scheme devised by multi-millionaire Iowan Bruce Rastetter to hijack issues impacting farmers and agriculture for his self-serving political and economic agenda?

As GOP Candidates Gather in Iowa, Two Visions of Farming Clash

With its millions of acres of farmland, Iowa is a crucial part of our country’s food landscape. Almost a third of all pork sold in the United States is raised in Iowa, along with two billion bushels of corn, half a billion bushels of soybeans, and 13.8 billion eggs. The majority of this food isn’t produced by independent family farmers, but rather on large-scale commercial farms and in a growing number of concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs.

A Sense of Déjà vu with Bruce Rastetter’s Iowa Ag Summit

Is the 2015 “Iowa Agriculture Summit” really a bi-partisan forum to promote agriculture, or yet another scheme devised by multi-millionaire Iowan Bruce Rastetter to hijack issues impacting farmers and agriculture for his self-serving political and economic agenda?

Billed as an event to stimulate public discussion on “matters that directly affect Iowa farmers who feed and fuel not just the country, but the world,” several potential 2016 Presidential candidates have signed up for the event. A close look at the confirmed participants–Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, and other GOP hopefuls–lays bare the play of partisan politics organized by Mr. Rastetter.

Sé quién ganará en Ucrania

Nada más iniciarse el conflicto en Ucrania, advertí en estas misma páginas que entre los diferentes factores desencadenantes había uno que pasaba desapercibido: la tierra fértil. La oleada de protestas que llevó a la salida de Viktor Yanukóvich de la presidencia del Gobierno surgió como respuesta -inducida o no- a su negativa a firmar el Acuerdo de Asociación con la UE, junto con el préstamo vinculado de 17.000 millones de euros que proporcionaría el FMI.

"Land-Grabbing" in der Ukraine? Westliche Konzerne übernehmen Kontrolle über profitable Agrarbereiche

Nach dem Sturz des ukrainischen Ex-Präsidenten Viktor Janukowytsch, ist eine pro-westliche Regierung in der Ukraine an die Macht befördert worden. Die neue Regierung ist in gewisser Weise einzigartig, da drei der wichtigsten Ministerien mit im Ausland geborenen und aufgewachsenen Personen besetzt sind. Im Eilverfahren waren die drei Ausländer eingebürgert und zu Ministern ernannt worden.

Americký záujem o ukrajinskú černozem

Obilnica Európy, tretí najväčší vývozca pšenice a piaty najväčší vývozca kukurice. Reč je o Ukrajine, ktorá sa pravdepodobne stane novým „rajom“ pre geneticky upravené plodiny.

Podľa Oaklandskeho inštitútu, sídliaceho v Kalifornii, za pomoci Medzinárodného menového fondu a Svetovej banky, spoločnosti ako Monsanto a DuPont vstupujú do poľnohospodárstva Ukrajiny, využívajúc jej novú prozápadnú orientáciu.

Ukraine crisis seen softening political ground for foreign farm land sales

ROME, Feb 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The crisis in Ukraine looks set to trigger major changes in its vast agricultural sector with state-owned farm land and small family plots likely to go up for sale despite concerns over the impact on local farmers, according to development experts.

Ukraine, known as Europe's bread basket, has the eighth largest agricultural area in use globally and is the world's third largest exporter of corn and sixth largest grain grower, potentially making it a prime target for foreign investment.

Monsanto Stands To Gain From Ukraine Crisis

As the crisis in Ukraine continued to drag on last year on the ground with violent conflict, as well as a deterioration of the economic situation due to other effects, such as declining trade with Russia, the IMF came to the conclusion that the initial bailout agreed to in April for $27 billion will not be enough. It identified a gap of $15 billion in Ukraine's finances. As a result, we are now looking at a new agreement being hammered out, which expands the size of the IMF-led bailout to $40 billion.