Land Rights

‘Win-Win’ Investment in Tanzania?

Over the last decade, as many African countries surf on high levels of growth, the continent has become an increasingly attractive place for private investment. This is especially true in agriculture, as transnational agribusiness giants like Monsanto flock to the continent to take advantage of the growing opportunity for profits. These businesses have sold a story of a ‘win-win’ scenario for farmers – telling the world’s governments that through industrial agriculture farmers can increase their yields and feed hungry people in their countries.

Is Africa's 'Green Revolution' a Mask for a Profit-Led Corporate Bonanza?

Under a scrappy tarpaulin, Siasa Kasanura sits on a plastic chair surrounded by the impeccably organised records of his village. Wedged among the piles of folders and papers, Kasanura, the community chairperson, says he is uncertain he can keep it all in order for much longer.

Trendy but Risky: Questioning Outgrower Schemes in Light of the Agrica Rice Plantation in Tanzania

Contract farming and outgrower schemes are two terms used interchangeably to describe contractual agreements between farmers (outgrowers) and firms (offtakers). In contract farming, the outgrower agrees to provide a pre-determined quantity of a product at a given time and price, meeting the quality standards set by the offtaker. In return, the firm commits to purchasing the product and sometimes supports the production, for instance through the sale or the loan of agricultural inputs (e.g. seeds, fertilizers, pesticides).

Bittersweet Homecoming for Displaced Tamils in Northern Sri Lanka

Gutted homes, poor infrastructure and a heavy military presence cast a long shadow over the future

Buying the Farm

Ross Wilken, twenty-three, and his father, Harold Wilken, don’t look much like starry-eyed radicals as they inspect their fields of black beans just west of Danforth, Illinois. The hot, wet afternoon sun beats down on their greasy jeans and tired eyes like it does on any other farmer. But their twenty-three hundred acres of organic crops, surrounded by millions of acres of genetically modified corn and soybeans, are nothing short of an insurgency.

“These look really good,” says Ross, examining plants heavy with purplish pods. “I wish I had more acres in these.”

Food Security: a Hostage to Wall Street

In October of last year, World Food Day celebrated ‘Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth’. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s website, the family farming theme was chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. The aim was to focus world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, especially in rural areas.

Miles de Tamiles de Sri Lanka Viven Bajo la “Sombra de la Guerra”

NACIONES UNIDAS, 1 jun 2015 (IPS) - En muchos sentidos, Jayakumari Balendran personifica la difícil situación del pueblo tamil en las provincias del norte y el este de Sri Lanka, durante y después de la guerra civil que azotó durante 26 años al país insular del sur de Asia.


El hijo mayor de la mujer fue asesinado a tiros en 2006, mientras trabajaba en la ciudad costera de Trincomalee, unos 300 kilómetros al este de la capital, Colombo, por “asesinos no identificados”.


Wall Street Buys The Farm

Rising prices for farmland, doubling in a decade, have brought prosperity to a generation of farmers. Jumping on this trend is a passel of financial institutions, all of them eager to buy their own version of Green Acres. And that has some people worried. 

SNS: Ukrajinská Pôda sa Dostáva do Rúk Zahraničných Korporácií

Bratislava 23. júna (TASR) - Kým ukrajinská vláda bojuje s rusko-jazyčnou opozíciou o ovládnutie 2 % územia, milióny hektárov (ha) ukrajinskej pôdy rýchlo a v tichosti prechádzajú do rúk zahraničných korporácií. Tvrdí to prvý podpredseda Slovenskej národnej strany (SNS) Jaroslav Paška. Odvoláva sa pritom na odhady kalifornského Oakland Institute, podľa ktorých má byť pod kontrolou zahraničných spoločností už približne 2,2 milióna ha ukrajinskej pôdy.