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As negotiations over responsible agricultural investment policy run through the summer, Tanzanian villagers fight for the return of 20,000 acres of land lost to a failed biofuel project.
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Community organisations and experts on PNG affairs have welcomed the government's announcement it would abolish the Special Agricultural Business Leases.
Community groups have welcomed the Papua New Guinea Government's announcement it will abolish special agricultural business leases.
The leases paved the way for millions of hectares of customarily-owned land to be taken over by large corporations for so-called agricultural projects.
The Oakland Institute, an independent policy think tank in the United States, has welcomed the decision with caution.
African Land Ltd had a simple offer: Invest in “low-cost, high potential” farmland in Sierra Leone. “We Harvest – You Profit” was the headline of one of the company’s brochures.
SAINT LOUIS, 24 June 2014 (IRIN) - Senegalese smallholder Doudou Sow is furious. Over the last 10 years, he says, farmers have been squeezed out by an influx of private investors acquiring fertile arable land in the Senegal River Valley where he has worked as a farmer for the last two decades.
SAINT-LOUIS, 26 juin 2014 (IRIN) - Doudou Sow, petit exploitant, ne décolère pas. Cela fait dix ans, dit-il, que les agriculteurs sont évincés par un afflux d’investisseurs privés qui acquièrent des terres agricoles fertiles dans la vallée du fleuve Sénégal, où il cultive la terre depuis vingt ans.