Land Rights

May 7, 2014
Two recent events suggest a promising reversal of land grabbing in Papua New Guinea (PNG). In the past 12 years, the amount of customary land in PNG decreased from 97 percent to 86 percent. [1] This is because although customary land cannot be sold under PNG law, [2] legal mechanisms, such as the Special Agricultural Business Lease (SABL) scheme, were developed for foreign investors to access the land.
May 3, 2014
On January 21, the former managing director of the Harvard-owned timber company Scolopax SRL was detained on charges of money laundering and corruption in Romania.
April 26, 2014
Dans ce second numéro consacré à la vente et la location de terres arables à grande échelle, Le Dessous des Cartes s'intéresse aux facteurs d'instabilité induits par cette compétition autour du foncier agricole et aux bénéfices qui peuvent en découler, et fait le point sur les investissements chinois en Afrique. Pour voir la vidéo cliquez ici  
May 1, 2014
This is a hard column for me to write this week. Africa is in trouble. That’s not a comment that is hard to believe or one that is new to make.
April 28, 2014
Investors are lining up to purchase some 400 million acres of farmland that will become available over the next two decades, a report says. Investors are increasingly interested in capitalizing on the run-up in the value of private equity assets, it notes.  
April 10, 2014
While some still believe the United States is the greatest democracy on Earth, the US is actually a plutocracy, a government ruled by the wealthiest. The recent Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon will subject us to an even stronger plutocracy that no one will be able to deny.
April 10, 2014
McCutcheon should become a rallying cry for a focused campaign to ‘end the rule of money’
April 9, 2014
The World Bank is punishing countries for protecting their workers... Watch the report
April 10, 2014
Le Land Grabbing, ou accaparement des terres, ne concerne pas seulement les pays en développement : ce phénomène s’étend désormais aux Etats-Unis. La spéculation boursière serait ainsi responsable de la hausse des prix des terres agricoles aux Etats-Unis et empêcherait de nombreux jeunes agriculteurs de s’installer. C’est en tout cas ce qu’affirme l’Oakland Institute, un think tank américain progressiste, qui soupçonne Wall Street de vouloir faire main basse sur les terres.
April 15, 2014
Buy Farmland! It's often overlooked because it's not particularly sexy to mainstream investors, but there is huge opportunity in global farmland and sustainable farming.

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