Land Rights

Oekraine, het spel om de voedselmarkt..

Oekraine werd ooit de ‘Broodmand’ van Europa genoemd en heeft nog steeds meer dan 32 miljoen hectare zeer vruchtbare aarde, ook wel ‘zwarte aarde’ genoemd. Volgens verschillende rapporten bezitten 10 grote agrarische bedrijven al 2,8 million hectare in de Oekraine. Volgens het Amerikaanse Oakland Institute is sinds 2002 meer dan 1,6 miljoen Hectare grond in de Oekraine al aan grote buitenlandse ondernemingen verkocht. Het Oekraïnse bedrijf ‘Ukrlandfarming’ dat meer dan 650 000 hectare land onder zich heeft, is inmiddels al voor 5% in handen van Cargill (USA)..

Terreno fertile al business

Ricerche fatte da organizzazioni non governative internazionali, come Oxfam, e soprattutto dall’Oakland Institute (Oi) – un centro studi americano che analizza il fenomeno globale del land grabbing (accaparramento delle terre) e che ha prodotto diversi rapporti anche sull’Etiopia – mostrano che la strategia di sviluppo del governo etiopico è in gran parte basata sulla concessione dei terreni migliori a investitori sia stranieri sia locali.

When Fear and Favor Rule: The World Bank’s Systemic Land Displacement

According to the UN’s Trade and Environment Review, food security, poverty, gender inequality, and climate change can all be collectively addressed with a systemic paradigm shift away from giant monoculture agriculture to localized organic farms. But to address where we need to be, we must first understand where we are. As such, I’d like to focus in on the issue of land grabs.

My Home My Land

My Home, My Land is a graphic representation of much of the Oakland Institute's work on land grabs. Illustrated by the Institute's Intern Scholar, Abner Hauge, this publication dismantles the many myths promoted by so-called donor countries, development agencies, and corporations about the positive effects of foreign direct investments through large-scale land acquisitions.

Yes, Ethiopia Does Violate Human Rights and Displaces People Over Land Rights

[Op-Ed: Letter To Ethiopian Ambassador to U.K.]

Dear Ambassador Berhanu Kebede,

The response from the Ethiopian embassy to our report, We Say the Land is Not Yours, and the Guardian article Ethiopians talk of violence and land grabs as their land is earmarked for foreign investors, makes unfounded allegations about the work and methodology of the Oakland Institute.

Swelling Ethiopian Migration Casts Doubt on its Economic Miracle

ADDIS ABABA, Apr 25 2015 (IPS) - The 28 Ethiopian migrants of Christian faith murdered by the Islamic State (IS) on Apr. 19 in Libya had planned to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of work in Europe.

Commenting on the killings to Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), Ethiopian government spokesperson Redwan Hussien urged potential migrants not to risk their lives by using dangerous exit routes.

Monsanto is Buying Lands

It is believed that there are just over 1.4 billion hectares of land potentially suitable for agricultural production in the world. According to many Western experts, today agricultural land assets are highly profitable business investments, and therefore in the coming years alone, allocation of about 150 billion dollars by various countries for the purchase of agricultural land is projected. Among the reasons for this, the prediction of steady increase in food prices is indicated in particular.


Oakland, CA – As the World Bank prepares for its annual Spring Meetings, members of Our Land Our Business, a campaign of over 260 NGOs, farmer groups and trade unions from around the world, are publically posing three questions about the Bank’s role in land grabbing, climate destruction and the corporatization of agriculture.

These questions penetrate to the heart of the World Bank’s development model and throw its loudly and expensively self-promoted claim to serve the interests of the world’s poor into stark relief.