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US universities in Africa 'land grab'

Guardian UK--Institutions including Harvard and Vanderbilt reportedly use hedge funds to buy land in deals that may force farmers out.

Investor land deals exploiting Africa, report alleges

Reuters--Wealthy U.S. and European investors are accumulating large swaths of African agricultural lands in deals that have little accountability and give them greater control over food supply for the world's poor, according to a report released Wednesday.

The ‘Global’ Land Rush

by Anuradha Mittal

In this column, Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, an independent policy think tank on today’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental issues, argues that the time has come for a more holistic discussion of land deals that places transfer of land in both the developed and developing worlds along the same continuous spectrum.

African Farming is the New Frontier for Brave Investors

For private equity houses, pension funds and family offices, the sprawling farms of sub Saharan Africa are the new land of plenty.

Supply is limited, due to patchy infrastructure and transport coverage, and the risks are high, but for those brave enough the long-term rewards could be bountiful.

Africa Today

Elsadig Elsheikh, Oakland Institute fellow, speaks on KPFA's Africa Today. 

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U.S. Investors, Government Policies Leading Global Land-Grabs

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.”

Terres Arables (2/2): Un Marche pas comme les Autres

Dans ce second numéro consacré à la vente et la location de terres arables à grande échelle, Le Dessous des Cartes s'intéresse aux facteurs d'instabilité induits par cette compétition autour du foncier agricole et aux bénéfices qui peuvent en découler, et fait le point sur les investissements chinois en Afrique.

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The Politics of Getting Africa Out of Trouble

This is a hard column for me to write this week. Africa is in trouble. That’s not a comment that is hard to believe or one that is new to make.

Land Grabbing and Transparency in Africa

Anuradha Mittal, founder and director of The Oakland Institute, gave this talk on October 20, 2011 at Cornell University, as part of the Institute for African Development’s Fall 2011 Special Topic Seminar Series.