Land Rights

Talseth Joins New York Fund Eyeing More Seafood Investments

Norwegian seafood banker Thor Arne Talseth has relocated to the US and joined a New York-based investment group looking at more deals in seafood and aquaculture.

Talseth -- who left Arctic Securities last year for a new investment firm, Neptune Partners -- has joined AMERRA Capital Management, an agri-focused asset manager. He has taken a role as a portfolio manager of Amerra’s private equity fund.

Large Food Firms Back Voluntary Plan to Stop Land Grabbing

TORONTO, Aug 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global food giants and international NGOs have drafted a framework to prevent land grabs just as hedge funds, companies and plantation owners race to acquire new territory.

Drafted by senior figures from Nestle, Unilever, Coca-Cola and other large firms, along with researchers from Oxfam, Global Witness and the other international organizations, the voluntary guidelines on responsible land acquisition were released on Monday.

In Ethiopia, a Quiet Rivalry for Influence Pits US against China

Addis Ababa: When Barack Obama became the first sitting President of the United States to touch down in Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday evening, it was at an airport being upgraded using a $250-million Chinese loan.

His convoy then zipped along a six-lane urban expressway, also funded by the Export-Import Bank of China, to Meskel Square, where the two lines of a new Chinese-built electric railway intersect. Towering over the capital’s southwest, he may have spotted the headquarters of the African Union, a $200 million giveaway from China’s leaders.

Sri Lankan Army Says it Has Only ‘Limited’ Role in North

n the last five years, the Army has released 19,159 acres of land which it took during the war.
The Sri Lankan Army has maintained that its involvement in the Northern Province is limited “only to demining, construction works and infrastructure development in connection with the resettlement of people.”

El Futuro de los Jóvenes Empieza por Ellos en Papúa Nueva Guinea

MADANG, Papúa Nueva Guinea, 12 ago 2015 (IPS) – El maestro Zibie Wari fundó la organización Tropical Gems en la ciudad de Madang, en la costa norte de Papúa Nueva Guinea, después de años de ser testigo de cómo un gran número de jóvenes perdía las esperanzas de tener un futuro por culpa de la corrupción y de las promesas incumplidas de futuro.

Ukraine: Die Privatisierung Schlägt Zu

Seit dem Beginn der Konflikte in der Ukraine hat sich die Berichterstattung ein wenig zurückgezogen. Der Regierungswechsel in Kiew hatte ein Abspalten von Regionen im Osten zur Folge, was wiederum eine bewaffnete Auseinandersetzung hervorrief, die bis heute anhält.

Au Sri Lanka, des vies suspendues

Deux petits mètres le séparent du passé. Deux mètres d’une terre ocre bardée de barbelés. Torse nu, la taille enroulée dans un sarong blanc, Subnamanigaiyar Kugathasasanma regarde sa maison en ruine, quittée dans la précipitation il y a vingt-cinq ans, comme s’il contemplait un souvenir.

On the Take

As climate change, population growth and environmental damage shrink the amount of arable land on the planet, wealthier countries and corporations look to developing countries for land.

Q&A: Tanzania's Leading Rice Farmer, KPL, Setting the Pace

CARTER COLEMAN is the Founder and CEO of Kilombero Plantation Limited (KPL), Tanzania’s leading rice producer. The 5,818-hectare farm is located in the Kilombero Valley, 450km from Dar es Salaam. Prior to starting AGRICA, Coleman founded the Tanzanian Forest Conservation Group, a non-profit entity focused on preserving local forests. In the following interview with SKYE LAWRENCE, he says the need for preserving the rainforest from encroaching villages became evident to him during the two years he spent hang-gliding over the mountains -- and training falcons after he first came to Tanzania as a Rotary International Fellow in 1989. The Tanzanian Forest Conservation Group he formed has grown into a large NGO. Excerpts...