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  • Title: An Open Letter to the Government of Ethiopia | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: An Open Letter to the Government of Ethiopia.. Monday, March 19, 2012.. Attn.. H.. E.. Hailemariam Desalegn.. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.. Dear Minister Desalegn,.. We at the Oakland Institute have read with interest the.. communiqué.. from the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in response to our.. research and resulting reports.. exposing the abuses that people in the Lower Omo Valley, Gambella, and elsewhere in Ethiopia face as a result of large-scale land investments that the Ethiopian government is promoting.. Our research prompted us to launch a petition to donor countries asking them to.. take action against forced relocations in Ethiopia.. At the same time, we praise the recent move by the Ministry of Agriculture to.. suspend land allocations for investment purposes to take time for assessment.. The Oakland Institute has been involved in researching large-scale land investments in several African countries including Ethiopia; please see an.. overview of our work on land deals here.. Contrary to what the communiqué suggests, our reports on Ethiopia are not based on “desk” research nor do they represent personal biases of informants.. It is the rigor and field-level research undertaken by our staff, fellows, and independent researchers that helped bring to light the impact of large-scale land investments throughout Africa.. As you must be aware, this trend is now recognized by the African Union and the Committee on World Food Security as a problematic issue that poses a major threat to food security on the continent.. Our.. research in Ethiopia.. , conducted in 2010 and 2011, is based on in-country presence, is meticulous and thoughtful, includes personal interviews with  ...   from Ethiopian citizens asking for immediate help and intervention, we therefore request that this investigation be carried out in an independent manner without the presence of government or security officials.. The committee will need full access to Gambella, Lower Omo, as well as other areas where land investments are planned or already occurring.. Secondly, we believe that all Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs) for large-scale land deals should be made available to the public.. As you would agree, such documents are essential information for communities to be able to give free and informed consent prior to the investments moving forward.. Lastly, our work is internationally recognized for providing real numbers and figures based on thorough research and fieldwork instead of shallow allegations.. We ask that the Ministry also backs its claims that projects in lower Omo and elsewhere will actually result in accelerated and sustainable development to end poverty in Ethiopia.. More concretely, it is essential that accounting of revenue garnered through such land deals be reflected in the federal and state budget and made available for review to ascertain the much-hailed benefits of large land deals and to determine what contribution is being made to the national economy and any trickle down effect.. We hope you agree and support an open transparent process.. We are at your disposal to contribute in good faith to the above.. Sincerely,.. Anuradha Mittal.. Executive Director.. Contact.. the oakland institute.. P.. O.. Box 18978.. Oakland, CA 94619.. info@oaklandinstitute.. org.. Donate.. Your tax-deductible donation allows us to conduct independent research, analysis, and advocacy to facilitate democratic participation in critical policy decisions that affect our quality of life..

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  • Title: Your Land is My Land: Relocating 1.5 Million in Ethiopia | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Your Land is My Land: Relocating 1.. 5 Million in Ethiopia.. Thursday, March 1, 2012.. By Nickolas Johnson, The Oakland Institute.. More than 1.. 5 million residents of.. Ethiopia.. have begun or will begin relocating away from their ancestral lands in a program called villagization.. Ethiopia has a long and controversial history with resettlement, as it was a major element of the Derg’s socialist agricultural policies.. By 1989,.. Derg’s villagization program.. had resettled more than 13 million people; international disapproval, degrading security and dwindling of resources caused the program to slow down.. Today, the government has resumed the program, stating that it is voluntary and justifying it by claiming that it’s necessary to centralize infrastructure by having the villages close to roads and available water supplies.. Though this sounds like a valiant attempt to supply access to services quickly, research and testimonies from locals say otherwise.. One-way deal.. The Oakland Institute’s field research.. shows that a vast majority of people in the targeted regions do not want to relocate, but have been threatened by local police.. As reported by a.. recent Human Rights Watch report.. , the forced relocation of residents of Gambella has caused great hardship to tens of thousands — including rape, other violent acts, coercion and intimidation.. Furthermore, there is a disturbing parallel between land being vacated and the land being sold to investors for large-scale commercial agriculture.. Despite the government’s claims that this is purely coincidental,.. Karuturi, one of the largest foreign landholders in Ethiopia.. , has stated publicly that the Gambella Regional government offered to move  ...   has been promised by regional governments, but the government’s failure to live up to their promises leaves the villagers skeptical.. While these households were once largely food self-sufficient, they will now have to rely on food aid, as promised by some officials.. With the relocation to smaller permanent plots, their only buffer against food insecurity will thus become government handouts, to be funded by international donors.. The loss of traditional lands will result in the loss of livelihoods, changes in diet, increased reliance on wage employment, and aid while weakening community bonds.. This process will also result in the destruction of natural resources such as forests and grazing land.. These adverse impacts of large-scale land investment on the lives of local people will be dramatic, long term, and potentially irreversible.. The time for action is now.. By continuing to provide huge amounts of aid to Ethiopia, the U.. S.. is supporting a repressive regime that puts large-scale agricultural investment and for-profit access to Ethiopia’s fertile lands over the well-being and land rights of indigenous and local people.. USAID should not support such endeavors and ask for due diligence in respect to the human rights of the people of Gambella and other affected communities.. Looking at the facts regarding the kind of investments occurring in Ethiopia.. , it’s clear that action is needed to ensure U.. assistance actually benefits local communities and not just the interests of a minority.. Please join the fight and.. sign the petition against forced relocations in Ethiopia.. Read more about the.. worsening human rights situation in Ethiopia..

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  • Title: Iowa State University Withdraws Completely from AgriSol Energy’s Investment Deal in Tanzania | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Iowa State University Withdraws Completely from AgriSol Energy’s Investment Deal in Tanzania.. Sunday, February 12, 2012.. In a turnabout that should remove AgriSol's last shred of credibility as a “responsible investor” in Tanzania, Iowa State University (ISU) announced in a statement on February 10, 2012 that they have withdrawn themselves entirely from ties to AgriSol and the land deal it is planning in Tanzania.. From Dean Wintersteen’s statement we learned that the university is tired of spending “much of our time and energy.. directed at countering misrepresentations about why and how we were involved.. ”.. Wintersteen added that attention has “not been directed at what originally compelled us to explore program development in Tanzania--the role agricultural education can play in helping small farmers and families struggling against poverty and hunger.. In response, Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, had this to say:.. “What has been hard about ISU’s role in the AgriSol deal is that we share the mission of supporting small farmers.. However, the Tanzanian land deal spearheaded by political insider Bruce Rastetter, who used ISU's involvement to gain credibility and further a charade of ‘responsible agriculture,’ would not have helped small farmers and their families.. Iowa State University’s role in the AgriSol deal was first uncovered by the Oakland Institute in June, 2011 in a.. brief.. that  ...   particular, AgriSol claims that they have little or no role in moving the long-standing refugee communities in Tanzania, stating that the Tanzanian government is responsible for this.. To that claim Oakland Institute Executive Director, Anuradha Mittal, responded with:.. “It is a ‘chicken versus the egg’ situation.. The communities would not be forced to move if there was not an investor interested in their lands and had not expressed this interest to the government.. We know for a fact that AgriSol is misrepresenting their desire to take over the land in the areas known as Lugufu, Katumba and Mishamo.. The Oakland Institute applauds the critical role of campus and media activism that has resulted in the turnabout at the university.. Mittal added, “Bad press alone won’t stop this kind of devastation; our partners in the student community, the press, and of course in Tanzania are having an impact and I sincerely hope that we can keep the pressure on and have a just outcome.. “We invite Iowa State University to join with us.. In over 40 years the Burundians have built a robust and productive farming community, it would demonstrate support of ISU’s mission to help 'small farmers and families struggling against poverty and hunger,' to ensure that they are not forcibly moved.. Read the Iowa State Daily article.. Read Dean Wintersteen's statement..

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  • Title: U.S. Ally Ethiopia is One of the Worst Human Rights Abusers | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: U.. Ally Ethiopia is One of the Worst Human Rights Abusers.. Thursday, February 2, 2012.. view original.. By Jeff Furman.. In recent years, investigations and reports carried out by independent organizations have described the steadily worsening human rights picture in.. A 2007 report from the UN committee that monitors the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) was “alarmed” to find that security forces have been “systematically targeting” certain ethnic groups.. It cited evidence of “summary executions, rape of women and girls, arbitrary detention, torture, humiliations, and destruction of property and crops of members of those communities.. Human Rights Watch’s 2005 report, “Targeting the Anuak: Human Rights Violations and Crimes against Humanity in Ethiopia’s Gambella Region,” outlines numerous human rights violations against the Anuak, particularly in 2003 when Ethiopian security forces were responsible for the deaths of 424 Anuak in Gambella.. Many more were imprisoned, tortured, beaten, and 8,000 to 10,000 fled to neighboring Sudan.. These incidents are part of a lengthy and ongoing history of persecution against the Anuak that stems, in part, from the strategic location of the Anuak’s traditional lands.. Since the 2005 elections in Ethiopia, open dissent towards the government and its policies is increasingly not tolerated.. In November 2010, the UN’s Committee Against Torture expressed serious concerns about “numerous, ongoing and consistent allegations concerning the routine use of torture by the police, prison officers and other members of the security forces, as well as the military, in particular against political dissidents and opposition party members, students, alleged terrorist suspects and alleged supporters of insurgent groups…” There are many reports of harassment, thousands of detentions and imprisonment of those who oppose the government.. Much of this repression goes unchecked due to the Ethiopian government’s 2008 Charities and Societies Proclamation (Proclamation 621/2009), which criminalizes independent human rights work by barring foreign NGOs that work on human rights issues as well as domestic human rights groups that receive more than 10% of their funds from foreign sources.. It also prohibits NGOs from providing legal aid and other assistance or rehabilitation to victims of torture and abuse.. It restricts participation in activities that promote the advancement of human and democratic rights, such as the promotion of equality of gender, religion and nations, nationalities and peoples; the promotion of the rights of disabled  ...   asserts that relocations took place after consulting with and receiving the consent of local people.. It appears obvious that the violent repression of ethnic minorities and political opposition to the government has silenced dissent.. It is hard to foresee any change in the short term unless there is outside pressure to protect human rights, especially for minorities and indigenous groups.. At the same time, Ethiopia is a key ally of Western countries, especially the US, which considers it an “important regional security partner” and a key ally in the global war on terror.. According to Wikileaks cables, the US pressured Ethiopia’s president Meles Zenawi to invade Somalia in 2006.. This is consistent with the fact that the US has been providing military aid and training to Ethiopian troops for a number of years.. Ethiopia is also one of the largest recipients of US aid (over $1 billion a year since 2007) and has been also among the top recipients of US food aid in the past two decades.. The US government has chosen to turn a blind eye to human rights violations in Ethiopia, including those accompanying land grabs, which turn communal land into large-scale plantations.. US support to the Ethiopian regime allows the massive destruction of livelihoods and will ultimately bring hunger to millions of Ethiopians, exacerbating the dire food security conditions that the country already faces.. We have a choice: do we simply send more US food aid when hunger again rears its head or do we take responsibility and stand up for the rights of the impacted communities?.. Take action against forced relocations by signing the petition to President Barack Obama and USAID administrator Dr.. Rajiv Shaw.. ——.. Jeff Furman is a board member of the Oakland Institute.. He is currently the Chair of the Ben Jerry’s corporate board and a trustee of the Ben Jerry’s Foundation.. He is also on the steering committee of the Funders Network on Transforming the Global Economy.. Mr.. Furman resides in Ithaca, New York with his family.. Locally, he is the president of Social Ventures, a 501(c)3 organization as well as the founder of a community dispute resolution center and a community micro-finance program.. He has also served on the local school board, working to eliminate socio-economic status as a predictor of student success, and is an advisor to the Dorothy Cotton Institute..

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  • Title: Press Release: Eight Myths and Facts About AgriSol Energy in Tanzania | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Press Release: Eight Myths and Facts About AgriSol Energy in Tanzania.. Tuesday, December 27, 2011.. US Ambassador Challenged on Spurious Claims of Benefits that AgriSol's Land Deal Would Bring to Tanzania.. Oakland, CA--Iowa-based Bruce Rastetter and AgriSol Energy have friends in high places.. Why else would the US Ambassador to Tanzania step forward and defend AgriSol's activities in Tanzania with false information?.. Amidst growing international criticism of AgriSol's plan to develop land and evict over 160,000 long-term residents (refugees from Burundi with over 40 years of established homes, farms and businesses) the Tanzanian government is still planning to move forward with the project.. The latest in the AgriSol Energy saga is support extended by the US Ambassador to Tanzania, Alfonso Lenhardt, who recently defended AgriSol's activities in Tanzania's Rukwa and Kigoma region, as important to ensure the country of food security and meet energy needs.. (.. http://dailynews.. co.. tz/home/?n=26717.. ).. In response to concern over allegations of land grabbing by  ...   this statement: "Honorable Ambassador, our latest Brief dismantles AgriSol's lies around project benefits to the people of Tanzania.. It is shocking to us that an appointee of the Obama administration would side with a project that will displace and destroy livelihoods of over 160,000 Africans to accommodate investors including US and Tanzanian politicians and businessmen with questionable records of integrity.. With growing international pressure, AgriSol Energy is rewriting their game plan as they go forward.. With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake it is not going to be easy to get them to back off their original plans to take fertile and inhabited land in Tanzania.. The Oakland Institute first.. exposed AgriSol's land investment deal.. in June 2011 and now has an urgent new Brief,.. Eight Myths and Facts About AgriSol.. It explains why this investment will neither provide food security or energy for Tanzania.. Download the latest Brief, Eight Myths and Facts About AgriSol, at.. http://www.. oaklandinstitute.. org/land-deal-brief-eight-myths-and-facts-about-agrisol-energy-tanzania..

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  • Title: Press Release: Investigation Cautions Against Private Land Deals in South Sudan | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Press Release: Investigation Cautions Against Private Land Deals in South Sudan.. Tuesday, December 13, 2011.. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.. DEC.. 13, 2011.. MEDIA CONTACTS:.. Anuradha Mittal, (510) 469-5228,.. amittal@oaklandinstitute.. INVESTIGATION CAUTIONS AGAINST PRIVATE LAND INVESTMENTS IN SOUTH SUDAN.. Research Released as Investors Gather in DC.. Oakland, CA -.. As a USAID International Engagement Conference for South Sudan gets underway in Washington DC tomorrow and Thursday (Dec.. 14 and 15), a new report cautions against foreign land investments that are being promoted as a solution for development in the new nation.. This conference to promote foreign investment is organized by the USAID in collaboration with United Kingdom, Norway, Turkey, the European Union, the African Union, the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the Corporate Council on Africa, and InterAction.. The event's organizers will outline development priorities for South Sudan and set policy foundations for international-donor and private-sector engagement.. The agenda will address specific investment opportunities in oil and renewable energy, information and communication technology, and agriculture.. "Competition over land and natural resources was among the root causes of the civil war in South Sudan.. The war has now ended, but land issues continue to plague the new nation," said David Deng, author of the just released Oakland Institute's report,.. Understanding Land Investments in Africa: South Sudan.. "As South Sudan opens for business, foreign companies are flocking to invest in the new country and buy up land.. For a school, a health center, some vague promises of employment opportunities, or a couple thousand dollars in annual lease payments, companies are given long-term leasehold rights of up to 99 years, often without the knowledge of the local populations living on the land.. Deng said that investors find eager partners in government officials and community elites who view foreign investment as a solution to the country's problems of poverty, food insecurity, and underdevelopment.. However, according to Deng, these local parties often don't recognize the power that they are give giving away in these deals with foreign partners.. The report describes how the government's approach is enabling  ...   million hectares has been sought or secured in the country by private interests in the agriculture, agrofuels, forestry, carbon credit, and ecotourism sectors.. In addition it shows:.. *.. Land deals ignore land rights of community landowners.. Ownership and control over land and natural resources was at the heart of the struggle in South Sudan.. The transfer of large areas of land to foreign private interests will undermine a system based on community land ownership and concentrate ownership in a small number of foreign companies.. Large-scale land investments currently underway do not comply with domestic law.. Companies rarely consult with residents in affected communities or conduct environmental and social impact assessments, greatly increasing the risks of adverse impacts for host populations while increasing the chances of local opposition when the companies come to the ground to begin project operations.. International financial institutions and donor countries may compromise peace-building efforts by encouraging the government to make land available to foreign companies.. The government of South Sudan has embarked on a campaign with a consortium of development partners to promote agricultural investment in South Sudan, despite the lack of a regulatory framework to manage the influx of investment.. By prioritizing foreign private-sector interests over those of the rural poor, such initiatives may inadvertently undermine the new social contracts that are necessary for a sustainable peace.. The government of South Sudan should place limits on land-based investment until it can put in place an appropriate regulatory framework that protects rights and livelihoods of communities.. It must also follow through on its commitments to review land leases issued during the interim period and to ensure that they comply with relevant legal standards.. The Oakland Institute's country report and additional information on South Sudan are available at.. org/land-deals-africa/south-sudan.. View additional information on the International Engagement Conference for South Sudan.. Download the South Sudan AgriBusiness Forum presentation.. ###.. The Oakland Institute is an independent policy think tank whose mission is to increase public participation and promote fair debate on critical social, economic and environmental issues (.. www.. org).. AdditionalConferenceInformation.. pdf.. SouthSudanAgribusinessPotential_Oct2011..

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  • Title: Press Release: The Oakland Institute and Polaris Institute Sound an Alarm for Africa's Water Supply | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Press Release: The Oakland Institute and Polaris Institute Sound an Alarm for Africa s Water Supply.. Monday, December 12, 2011.. MEDIA CONTACT:.. The Oakland Institute and Polaris Institute Sound an Alarm for Africa's Water Supply.. Land Grabs Leave Africa Thirsty.. org/land-deal-brief-land-grabs-leave-africa-thirsty.. Oakland, CA:.. In the rush for cheap agricultural land in Africa, access to water is of the utmost importance to investors.. The land grab taking place in Africa is accompanied by a major "water grab" that raises serious concerns.. The volume of water needed to irrigate existing land deal acquisitions is already far and beyond what is sustainable for Africa.. Land Grabs Leave Africa Thirsty, a new Land Deal Brief from the Oakland Institute and Polaris Institute, suggests that this new pressure on water resources will adversely impact small farmers, pastoralists, and fisherfolk, who rely on water resources for their livelihoods.. Research also warns that jeopardizing Africa's fragile river systems will have political and ecological consequences and that irrigation schemes and canals are going to divert water from rivers and lakes that are already under serious stress, such as the Niger River and Lake Turkana..  ...   aid providing countries like the United States, will be producing crops on African soil--primarily for export outside the continent--and taking valuable, life-giving water used for cultivation along with them," she continued.. The Oakland Institute sounds an alarm for Africa's water supply and argues for investment in sustainable water management including water harvesting, storage, and small-scale irrigation that would benefit small farmers and manage resources in a durable way.. Find out more about the threat to Africa's rich heritage of land and water:.. Land Grabs Leave Africa Thirsty at.. See other country reports and briefs at Oakland Institute's Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa: Phase II research:.. org/special-investigation-two-land-deals-africa.. The Oakland Institute is an independent policy think tank whose mission is to increase public participation and promote fair debate on critical social, economic and environmental issues.. The Polaris Institute is a public interest research organization based in Canada.. Since 1997 Polaris has been dedicated to developing tools and strategies for civic action on major public policy issues, including the corporate power that lies behind public policy making, on issues of climate justice, water rights and the global economy.. polarisinstitute..

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  • Title: Press Release: False Climate Solutions Drive Land Grabs in Africa | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Press Release: False Climate Solutions Drive Land Grabs in Africa.. Thursday, December 8, 2011.. NEWS EMBARGOED UNTIL:.. 12:01 am EDT DEC.. 6, 2011.. False Climate Solutions Drive Land Grabs in Africa.. Durban Should Call for an End to Land Grabbing.. An unsavory but major element to the land grab phenomenon in Africa is the "green investment" stance of agrofuel and agroforestry producers.. Even though the need to end dependence on fossil fuels is compelling, this idea as well as carbon trade and carbon credits are being used as a "green cover" to accelerate land acquisitions in Africa.. Market mechanisms related to carbon trade and carbon credits create a  ...   else.. The latest Land Deal Brief from the Oakland Institute and Polaris Institute,.. The Role of False Climate Solutions.. exposes how agrofuel production and the development of carbon credit generating projects are profitable initiatives for corporations, investment funds, and even governments, while they actually deepen the ongoing hunger crisis on the continent.. At the end of the day, Africans are losing their food-producing land and water resources to crops being used for agrofuels in other countries.. The unwelcome surprise is that the production of these crops, with industrial fertilizers, equipment and processing, will do more harm heating the planet than provide climate solutions.. Download the Brief at.. org/land-deal-brief-role-false-climate-change-solutions..

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  • Title: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Workshop on Transparency in Large-Scale Land Allocations and Investments | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Workshop on Transparency in Large-Scale Land Allocations and Investments.. FRANÇAISE CI-DESSOUS / CASTELLANO ABAJO.. The International Land Coalition, Oakland Institute and Global Witness have been developing a research and dialogue project which aims to identify priorities and opportunities for improving transparency and accountability in decision-making around land-related investments and acquisitions.. A scoping study has been produced, which brings together experiences from existing literature and selected interviews.. The next step is a brainstorming workshop that brings together CSOs working on these questions.. The workshop is intended to provide a space for dialogue about the experiences of participants and brainstorm together on how transparency and accountability in decision-making around land-related investments and acquisitions could be strengthened, both at the local and national levels.. The workshop will take place in Dakar, Senegal, on the 7-8 of February 2012, and will be hosted by CICODEV Africa.. If you or your organization are interested to participate, please find below the Open Call for Applications, the Application Form, and the Executive Summary.. The deadline for applications is the 19th of December.. call_for_applications.. application_form.. doc.. executive_summary.. **********.. APPEL A CANDIDATURES.. Atelier sur la transparence dans l’attribution et l’investissement dans les ressources foncières à grande échelle.. La Coalition pour l’Accès à la Terre, Oakland Institute et Global Witness ont développé un projet de recherche et de dialogue qui vise à identifier les priorités et les possibilités d’améliorer la transparence et la redevabilité dans la  ...   à cette rencontre,veuillez trouver ci-dessous l’ appel à candidatures, le formulaire de candidature, et le résumé.. La date limite pour envoyer votre candidature est le 19 décembre.. appel_a_candidatures.. formulaire_de_candidature.. resume.. CONVOCATORIA PARA POSTULACIONES.. Taller sobre transparencia en las asignaciones e inversiones a gran escala en tierras.. La Coalición Internacional para el Acceso a la Tierra, el Oakland Institute y Global Witness han desarrollado un proyecto de investigación y diálogo dirigido a identificar prioridades y oportunidades para mejorar la transparencia y la rendición de cuentas relativas a las inversiones y adquisiciones de tierra.. Se ha desarrollado un estudio de alcance, que reúne experiencias de literatura existente y entrevistas seleccionadas.. El siguiente paso es un taller de lluvia de ideas que reúne aOSCque trabajan en estos temas.. El objetivo del taller es ofrecer un espacio para el diálogo sobre las experiencias de los participantes y practicar una lluvia de ideas juntos sobre cómo podrían fortalecerse la transparencia y la rendición de cuentas en la toma de decisiones sobre inversiones y adquisiciones relativas a la tierra, tanto en los ámbitos local como nacional.. El taller se celebrará en Dakar, Senegal, del 7 al 8 de febrero de 2012 y será auspiciado porCICODEV Africa.. Si usted, o su organización, están interesados en participar,sírvase encontrar en adjunto la convocatoria para postulaciones, el formato de postulación, y el resumen ejecutivo.. La fecha límite para enviar las postulaciones es el 19 de diciembre 2011.. convocatoria_postulaciones.. formato_de_postulacion.. resumen_ejecutivo..

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  • Title: Release: Phase Two of Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Release: Phase Two of Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa.. Tuesday, December 6, 2011.. NEWS EMBARGOED.. UNTIL: 12:01 am EDT DEC.. 6, 2011.. Liam O'Donoghue,.. lodonoghue@fenton.. com.. , (415) 901-0111.. Investigation Reveals that Bad Energy and Development Policies Contribute to Famine and Conflict in Africa.. Reports Showcase Bad Energy Policies from US and EU, Expose Development Approach that Puts Control in Hands of Foreign Investors.. Oakland, CA--.. At the same time that individuals across the US and EU offer support to victims of famine and conflict in Africa, their countries' energy policies and development agendas take food and other resources away from Africans--while also harming the environment.. Research released today by the Oakland Institute.. demonstrates that land grabs--largely unregulated land deals involving foreign corporations and speculators--continue to be promoted as a "development" solution for African nations.. Development agencies including USAID and the World Bank Group are often the architects of these deals that promise benefits for Africans but fail to deliver.. Furthermore, the research shows that US and EU energy policies that tout the benefits of agrofuels and carbon credits--key elements of these land deals--are actually making climate change a bigger problem.. "The energy policies of these governments--along with the growing Western market for agrofuels--is harming both the people of Africa and the environment," Oakland Institute Executive Director Anuradha Mittal said.. "This approach of 'developing' Africa is neither just nor sustainable.. It is displacing people by taking over their land and natural resources that produce food and provide livelihoods while making climate change worse.. Mittal noted that people can follow the supply chain to identify the bad actors--who claim benefits for Africa but seldom deliver: so-called developers who determine how land will be used (such as Iowa-based based AgriSol Energy and Texas-based Nile Trading Development), companies that grow non-food crops on the land (including Sun Biofuels and Addax Bioenergy), and groups that buy up agrofuels and timber (including major western airlines such as Lufthansa).. The second phase of the ".. Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa.. " report series focuses on these issues as well as the specific nations of Mozambique, South Sudan,  ...   and 10 percent, respectively, of their gasoline with agrofuels.. Create loopholes that help foreign investors but further impoverish many African nations:.. Research exposes details of strategic investor status and Investment Protection and Promotion Agreements that provide extensive tax holidays, minimal fees for land and water usage, among other incentives.. "In our research of over 50 land deals in seven African countries, we did not find the evidence that such investments will provide fair financial returns for the countries or their populations," Oakland Institute Policy Director Frederic Mousseau said.. ".. Even the IMF has said that the generous tax incentives should be minimized since these tax holidays and other breaks are saddling local governments with more burdens than benefits.. Previous reports in this series were instrumental in stopping one shady land deal in Southern Sudan by exposing how corrupt U.. investors were trying to enrich themselves through an exploitive agreement.. However, land grabs across the continent continue, despite widespread opposition.. Environmental impacts also are detailed in the reports and include problems such as:.. Displacing food crops to grow agrofuels such as jatropha--reducing the amount of food available and requiring twice the water that cereal needs to grow.. Clearing native forests and grassland to replace to replace them with tree plantations.. For example, a Norwegian timber company, Green Resources Ltd, plans to replace almost 7,000 hectares of natural Tanzanian grassland with monocultures of pine and eucalyptus.. Promoting the use of agrofuels, which researchers are now saying increase, not decrease greenhouse gas emissions.. Harming lakes and rivers, the lifeblood of many African nations, and possibly driving them to extinction.. Waterways like the Niger River have decreased by 10 percent in just 10 years.. In Ethiopia, the construction of a large dam and the irrigation of adjacent sugar plantations will result in Kenya's Lake Turkana, the world's largest desert lake, to drop by two meters in the first year, increasing salinity levels, adversely impacting fish stocks, and condemning the lake to a not-so-slow death.. These reports, as well as briefs on other aspects of land grabs, are available at.. oaklandInstitute.. Oakland Institute Land Grab Release Phase Two..

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  • Title: Communique: L'Accaparement des Terres au Mali Menace Gravement le Fleuve Niger et les Millions d'Ouest Africains qui en Dependent | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Communique: L Accaparement des Terres au Mali Menace Gravement le Fleuve Niger et les Millions d Ouest Africains qui en Dependent.. Thursday, November 17, 2011.. Contacts:.. OAKLAND INSTITUTE.. Frédéric Mousseau:.. fmousseau@oaklandinstitute.. ; tel +1510.. 512.. 5458.. CNOP/VIA CAMPESINA.. Chantal Jacovetti:.. chantal.. jacovetti@wanadoo.. fr.. ; tel + 223.. 76.. 81.. 87.. 93/64.. 86.. 89.. 26.. Lamine Coulibaly:.. laminezie@gmail.. Oakland, CA.. – Alors que les organisations paysannes et autres groupes de la société civile du monde entier se retrouvent pour une.. Conférence Internationale sur l'accaparement des terres.. du 17 au 20 Novembre à.. 2011 à Nyéléni, Mali, Oakland Institute et la Coordination Nationale des Organisations Paysannes (CNOP) du Mali publient un nouveau rapport sur l'accaparement des terres au Mali.. Comprendre les Investissements Fonciers en Afrique: Rapport Mali.. est une version mise à jour et en français de.. Understanding Land Investment in Africa: Mali.. , publié plus tôt cette année par Oakland Institute.. Ce.. rapport approfondi.. analyse la tendance  ...   prévoient la production d’agrocarburants.. Les acquisitions de terres ont entrainé des violations graves et violentes des droits de l’homme dans le pays, notamment des attaques sur les populations luttant contre la confiscation de leurs terres.. La plupart des investissements concernent le grand delta fluvial de l'Office du Niger, où les droits coutumiers des populations locales ne sont pas protégés par la loi, et ne sont pas reconnus par les pouvoirs publics.. Alors que le gouvernement du Mali justifie les cessions de terres à des grands investisseurs, pour la plupart étrangers, par la nécessité de «moderniser» l'agriculture malienne, les grands projets en cours, impliquant une agriculture irriguée de type industriel constituent des menaces dramatiques pour la survie des populations qui dépendent du fleuve Niger, au Mali comme dans le reste de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, où plus de 100 millions de personnes dépendent du fleuve pour leur subsistance.. Télécharger le rapport:.. En français:.. org/comprendre-les-investissements-fonciers-en-afrique-rapport-mali.. En anglais:.. http://oaklandinstitute.. org/understanding-land-investment-deals-africa-mali..

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