Massive land-grabs are driving commercial agriculture and investment around the world, often at the expense of the world’s small-scale farmers – who feed 80 percent of the developing world.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. public and private sectors are among the leading drivers of a global drive to snap up usable – and often in-use – agricultural land, in what critics say remains a steadily increasing epidemic of “land-grabbing.”
Last month, Oakland Institute released a report about the 37 villages in the rural Ndiael region of Senegal who had their land illegally confiscated by Senhuile, an Italian-Senegalese agribusiness project. We have an update on the issue. Benjamin Dummai, the CEO of Senhuile, was fired by the company's board of directors this past week and was arrested by Senegalese authorities. According to the local press, Dummai is accused of embezzling nearly 300,000 euros.
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Senhuile, a foreign-owned agriculture company operating in Senegal, announced on April 28, 2014 that it had “revoked” its CEO Benjamin Dummai. A few weeks later Senegalese authorities arrested Dummai on charges of embezzling almost half a million dollars.
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There are signs that land grabs in Papua New Guinea may start to decline, after a report from Oxfam exposed the extent of the involvement of Australia's big four banks.
È un latifondismo moderno che, nelle aree più povere, taglia fuori dalla "terra" le popolazioni residenti. In Africa, un caso coinvolge il gruppo Tampieri di Ravenna. Il quale spiega: «Ci sono gli accordi». Ma sul progetto si è aperta una campagna mondiale
The “greatest” potential for job growth in the Pacific Islands depends on greater access to labour markets in Australia and New Zealand.
That’s the opinion of the World Bank, in calling for more access to labour markets for the Pacific.
It is one of five key areas the World Bank is recommending for improvements to employment across Pacific Islands, including Samoa.
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The Pacific Network on Globalization says the World Bank is encouraging Pacific governments to legalise land grabs under the pretext of making customary land more productive.
The group says it is joining hundreds of organizations around the world in calling for the Bank to abolish its Doing Business ranking system.