Land Rights

Does Monstanto have a Role in Ukraine?

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) is helping biotech run the latest war in Ukraine. What is happening in the Ukraine now is deeply tied to the interests of Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and other big players in the food game.

Tony Geren(The Pontiac Tribune) – The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) is helping biotech run the latest war in Ukraine. What is happening in the Ukraine now is deeply tied to the interests of Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and other big players in the food game.

Engineering Ethnic Conflict of Ethiopia Government is a ‘Nightmare’ for Ethiopian pastoralists in SITTI region

Ethiopia’s policy of leasing millions of hectares of land to foreign investors is encouraging human rights violations, ruining livelihoods and disturbing a delicate political balance between ethnic groups, a think tank report has found.

The US-based Oakland Institute says that while the east African country is now lauded as an economic success story, the report, Engineering Ethnic Conflict, “highlights the unreported nightmare experienced by Ethiopia’s traditionally pastoralization communities”.

Palm oil risk to Africa as prospectors eye swaths of land

Palm oil has long been produced in Africa on small-scale, diversified plantations. A report on palm oil, published last year by the NGO Grain, notes that tens of millions of people in Africa, most of them women, rely on this native tree for food and livelihoods. But the landscape is changing.

Ukraine Agreed to a Monsanto “Land Grab” to Get a $17 Billion Loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) is helping biotech run the latest war in Ukraine. Make no mistake that what is happening in the Ukraine now is deeply tied to the interests of Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, and other big players in the poison food game.

Local Ethiopians miss out as big agriculture firms struggle in Gambella

As dusk envelops the grasslands of Gambella in western Ethiopia, a weary Jakob Pouch sits on a jerry can, resting his chest against a wooden staff. The 45-year-old evangelical preacher from the Nuer community has just made the three-hour walk from the banks of the Baro river, where he tends to his large family’s small plot of corn. His daughters are preparing cabbage and cobs to be cooked on an open fire.

Pan-African Whistleblowing Platform AfriLeaks Launched

In 2007, WikiLeaks received and published documents revealing corruption and misconduct perpetuated by the former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi and his family. The story, which was then front-paged by the Guardian, helped Julian Assange’s nascent whistleblowing platform gain crucial momentum.

The Corporate Takeover of Ukrainian Agriculture

Today, on the heels of Ukraine’s new cabinet appointments, the Oakland Institute (OI) is releasing a new brief detailing western agribusiness investments in the country.

In Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict, a report released in July 2014, the Oakland Institute exposed how international financial institutions swooped in on the heels of the political upheaval in Ukraine to deregulate and throw open the nation’s vast agricultural sector to foreign corporations.

This fact sheet provides details on the transnational agribusinesses that are increasingly investing in Ukraine, including Monsanto, Cargill, and DuPont, and how corporations are taking over all aspects of Ukraine’s agricultural system. This includes circumventing land moratoriums, investing in seed and input production facilities, and acquiring commodity production, processing, and transportation facilities.

New Fact Sheet Details Western Agribusiness Interests in Ukraine

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Media Contact:
Frederic Mousseau, Policy Director, Oakland Institute
fmousseau@oaklandinstitute.org; +1-510-469-5228

 

New Fact Sheet Details Western Agribusiness
Interests in Ukraine

 

Illegal Logging Wreaking Havoc on Impoverished Rural Communities

Paul Pavol, a customary landowner in Pomio District, East New Britain, an island province off the northeast coast of the Papua New Guinean mainland, told IPS that logging in the area had led to "permanent environmental damage of the soil and forests, which our communities depend on for their water, building materials, natural medicines and food."

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