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Indian Firms Sprawling Land Empire in Ethiopia Fails to Ensure Food Security Back Home

Indian firms have a sprawling land empire abroad, especially in Ethiopia, as part of a move encouraged by different governments to safeguard the nation's food supply. But is the policy truly succeeding in helping feed over a billion Indians?

Erratic weather in India repeatedly causes a scare about low food stocks and rising inflation. As agricultural productivity in India has significantly come down, many Indians are looking to Africa, particularly Ethiopia, buying large tracts of agricultural land to safeguard food supply.

On the Ethiopian General Election

Every five years the Ethiopian people are invited by the ruling party to take part in a democratic pantomime called ‘General Elections’. Sunday 24th May saw the latest production take to the national stage.

Em Nome do Desenvolvimento, Povos e Ecossistemas São Arrasados

Paris, França e Oakland, Estados Unidos, maio/2015 – Nosso compromisso a favor do acesso e controle dos recursos naturais, no Greenpeace e no Oakland Institute, faz com que nos acusem constantemente de atuar contra o desenvolvimento, ou que nos tachem de “organizações do primeiro mundo que se ocupam mais com árvores do que com seres humanos”, apesar de trabalharmos com comunidades em todo o mundo, da China a Camarões ou República Checa.

Empty Boxes: The West And Ethiopia’s Elections – OpEd

To no one’s surprise, Ethiopia’s ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Ruling Democratic Front (EPRDF), swept the country’s recent national elections. In the last election, the ruling party collected 99.6 percent of the parliamentary seats, while during these elections it has so far won all of the 442 declared seats (with little more than 100 seats yet to be confirmed). To paraphrase U.S. Under-Secretary Wendy Sherman’s widely ridiculed recent comments, Ethiopia’s democracy keeps getting “better and better.”

En nombre del desarrollo, se arrasan pueblos y ecosistemas

París/Oakland, IPS - Nuestro compromiso a favor del acceso y el control de los recursos naturales, en Greenpeace y en el Oakland Institute, hace que nos acusen constantemente de operar en contra del desarrollo, o que nos tachen de ser «organizaciones del Primer Mundo que se ocupan más de los árboles que de los seres humanos», pese a que trabajamos con comunidades en todo el mundo, desde China a Camerún o la República Checa.

En nombre del desarrollo, se arrasan pueblos y ecosistemas

En esta columna, Karine Jacquemart, coordinadora del Proyecto Forestal para África de Greenpeace, y Anuradha Mittal, directora ejecutiva del Oakland Institute, denuncian la intensa competencia por la adquisición de tierras que se ha desencadenado para explotar las riquezas del planeta, con la consecuencia del desplazamiento de campesinos, la destrucción de sus sistemas de vida y la persecución de quienes resisten el avance de las corporaciones.

Opinion: A Development Fairytale or a Global Land Rush?

In this column, Karine Jacquemart, Forest Project Leader for Africa at Greenpeace International, and Anuradha Mittal Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, argue that the land rush unleashed around the world to own and exploit Earth’s natural bounty is not only fierce and unfair, but increasingly fatal, with lands, homes and forests bulldozed and cleared for foreign investors and livelihoods shattered.

The Dark Side of Development: Displacement, Eviction in World Bank Projects and Ethiopia

With the help of international aid, foreign land grabs in the Gambella region of Ethiopia have resulted in environmental degradation, more severe economic and social inequality, and human rights abuses, according to a new study by the Oakland InstituteWe Say The Land Is Not Yours collects testimony from victims of “villagization,” a policy of forced displacement started under the military Derg dictatorship and, ac