Guardian UK--Institutions including Harvard and Vanderbilt reportedly use hedge funds to buy land in deals that may force farmers out.
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 UK is the fourth largest investor in the world in African land - but how much does it have and what is it using it for?
Thanks to the Oakland Institute 172,000 people in Tanzania and millions more elsewhere stay on their land.
By Granate Sosnoff
In June 2013, Fairtrade International CEO Harriet Lamb met Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, when she spoke at the 20th Anniversary of Fairtrade Austria. Oakland Institute is doing important work exposing land grabs and defending the rights of the people living in these sensitive areas.
If you were organizing dinner parties for the world, you would need to put out 219,000 more place settings every night than you had the night before.1 That is how fast the Earth’s population is growing. But global agricultural production is currently failing to keep pace.
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Anuradha Mittal speaks on land grabs at minute 33 of the interview.
There’s been much discussion of the problems associated with global land grabs. Several campaigns seek to draw attention to the problem, including the Stop Africa Land Grabs group, and a campaign by Oxfam.
Today’s state of the world environment is the tribune of the crisis of capitalist civilization that carries all the contradictions the global economy creates; and the economy is owned by a handful of owners dispossessing the humanity, billions of the poor and the starved.
Farmland varies between each country and region, therefore it is important for investors to investigate the markets thoroughly.
Where in Africa?