Papua New Guinea (PNG) is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, with more than 800 indigenous languages and over 600 islands. Among its many natural treasures, a unique asset is its rainforest, the third largest in the world and home to endangered wildlife, plants, and diverse groups of people. Yet a massive land rush is currently taking place in the country. In recent years, 12 percent of the country, 5.5 million hectares, has been leased out to foreign corporations.
“In a sense, Wola belong to land as much as it belongs to them.” Paul Sillitoe’s  consideration about the Wola farmers of the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) brings us to the heart of a critical question: what is the value of land in a country like PNG? In the current context of land grabbing, why is it important to preserve traditional systems of tenure?
Los Esteros del Iberá, en Corrientes volvieron a ser noticia esta semana: un informe sobre plantaciones que la Universidad de Harvard tiene en el paradisíaco lugar a través de un fondo de inversión, acusa a la casa de altos estudios de no ser los suficientemente sustentables.
Au Cameroun, le projet pharaonique et controversé de la société américaine Herakles Farms de planter des palmiers à huile semble avoir tourné court. Et le pdg de la firme a disparu comme par enchantement.
All land in Ethiopia belongs to the state, giving the government unusual leverage in its dealings with local communities
A violent attack on a tea plantation leased by Indian-owned Verdanta Harvest Plc, a subsidiary of the Noida-based Lucky Group, has renewed concerns over Ethiopia’s policy of leasing out large tracts of land to international investors.
Local residents join with Harvard students to ask university to be a better neighbor
In the face of evidence, the UK and US continue to deny systematic human rights abuses are occurring in the Lower Omo as thousands are displaced for an irrigation scheme.
The US-based think tank, the Oakland Institute, recently accused the UK and US governments of aiding and abetting the eviction of thousands of people from their land in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley.
In June 2013, Fairtrade International CEO Harriet Lamb met Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, when she spoke at the 20th Anniversary of Fairtrade Austria. Oakland Institute is doing important work exposing land grabs and defending the rights of the people living in these sensitive areas.
Ethiopia boasts one of the strongest economies in Africa. But this comes at a heavy price for the country’s farmers who are being pushed off their land to make way for multinational agribusiness. Anuradha Mittal is executive director of the Oakland Institute. She speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm.
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