Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The 'new' African land grab

File this under the 'everything old is new again' category. The Ghana News Agency has a story about the African Union's response to the new land grab on the continent. It noted that from October 2008 to August 2009, some 30 million hectares in Africa were sold to foreign investors.

An Oxfam spokesman observed that operationalised land grabbing to mean damaging large scale acquisitions by private investors (companies or countries) with negative impact for local populations' livelihoods and food security.

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