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  • Title: Oromia/Gambella/Ethiopia: 36% of Land Grabs in Oromia; Half of Gambella to Be Grabbed | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Oromia/Gambella/Ethiopia: 36% of Land Grabs in Oromia; Half of Gambella to Be Grabbed.. Thursday, June 9, 2011.. Originally published by.. Ayyaantuu Oromiyaa.. (Graphics made by Gadaa.. com in 2008.. At that time, the so-called ‘Regional Government’ was in charge of giving away the land taken from the farmer; now, the so-called ‘Federal Government’ [correctly, the TPLF regime is in charge of facilitating land grabs.. )"].. Commented by Gadaa.. com.. The California-based think tank, the Oakland Institute, published its latest report on Ethiopia:.. “Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa; Country Report: Ethiopia”.. in May 2011 in collaboration with the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia.. The report finds, among others, that  ...   other hand, 42% and 27% of the land in Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz, respectively, has already been grabbed or is up for grabs.. The report by the Oakland Institute and the Solidarity Movement for a New Ethiopia underlines that these figures “likely understate the true extent of land investment, as only the most reliable information was included in this table.. ”.. (see table below).. To Read Full Report Document, click here.. 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: World News: African Land Grab | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: World News: African Land Grab.. Tuesday, June 14, 2011.. Newsy.. Sources:.. CNN.. ,.. CBS.. Modern Ghana.. The Guardian.. Daily Nation (Kenya).. BBC.. An Oakland Institute report claims large land deals in Africa are displacing hundreds of thousands of farmers.. By Gary Cotton.. Transcript:.. A new report by the Oakland Institute claims to have uncovered a series of international deals it says are leading to the displacement of (quote) “hundreds of thousands” of African farmers.. The report, by the American research firm.. as “left-leaning,” spells out land purchases equaling the size of France and it claims these large tracts of land are being bought for surprisingly little.. “Over and over again I was told that it was very easy to secure land, Zambia is a country where 94 percent of the country is under customary rights.. If you are a foreign investor and you want to secure land you have to get the permission of the chief.. You get a bottle of Johnnie Walker, kneel down, clap three times, and make your offer of Johnnie Walker whiskey.. ”.. Liquor for land? According to.. a writer for CBS.. , there’s a little more to it than that--but not much.. “While the report does not claim the deals break any laws per se, it does strongly insinuate the local population does not reap anything near the promised benefits.. [the deals] often come with incentives for speculators ranging from unlimited water, oil and timber rights to tax  ...   land buyers, saying the “land grab” may not be as bad as it seems.. He writes, the deals are all part of a larger, positive plan for the region.. “It is wrong to claim that such investments will only help promote food exports at the expense of local needs.. … Such claims ignore Africa’s determination to harness emerging technologies to promote agricultural development.. The efforts are being promoted as part of larger strategies to stimulate economic transformation.. And Investors are riding that sentiment, denying they are causing any harm.. In fact, they say, they’re doing just the opposite.. One company told BBC.. “They are extremely happy with us.. He said that in Mozambique the company's employees earned salaries 40% higher than the minimum wage.. The company was also involved in development projects such as the supply of clean water to rural communities.. So, cheap land for clean water and better salaries- some call that a fair trade.. But some African leaders suggest that trade will never happen.. Obang Metho of the Solidarity Movement.. for New Ethiopia said,.. “No one should believe that these investors are there to feed starving Africans, create jobs or improve food security … These land grab agreements – many of which could be in place for 99 years – do not mean progress for local people and will not lead to food in their stomachs.. These deals lead only to dollars in the pockets of corrupt leaders and foreign investors..

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  • Title: Hedge Funds & African Farms | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Hedge Funds African Farms.. Monday, June 13, 2011.. CBC.. June 13, 2011.. Listen to the full program here.. The mad scramble for Africa.. Critics say the financial firms that helped cause the global recession by inflating the real estate bubble -- are back.. And this time they're being accused of pulling the same tricks with the world's food supply.. Hedge funds are buying up African farms -- but critics say -- they're not planting much food.. We look into what may be behind an alleged African land grab?.. Oxfam predicts food prices are going to jump as much as 180 per cent over the coming decades.. And that's on top of spikes that have already pushed nearly 150 million people into poverty.. As well, there will be a lot more people to feed as the world's population grows.. It's a warning -- but it's also an opportunity.. A rush of investors is buying up farmland, especially in Africa.. Many African governments see these investments as  ...   threats to food security, and do little to improve local employment opportunities.. Anuradha Mittal is the Executive Director of the.. Oakland Institute.. and we reached her in Oakland, California.. Hedge Funds African Farms - Susan Payne.. One of the companies mentioned in the.. Oakland Institute report.. is.. Emergent Asset Management.. It's invested extensively in African agricultural land.. Susan Payne.. is a Canadian and CEO of Emergent, and we reached her at her office in London, England.. Hedge Funds African Farms - Johannes Myburgh.. Johannes Myburgh is a Correspondent for the wire service.. Agence France Press.. in Mozambique.. He's been following the local reaction to these new land investments.. He was in Maputo, Mozambique.. Related Links:.. Special Investigation: Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa - Oakland Institute.. Hedge Funds Create Volatility in Global Food Supply with Land Grabs Across Africa - Sun Herald/Oakland Institute.. African AgriLand Fund - Emergent Asset Management.. US universities in Africa 'land grab' By John Vidal and Claire Provost - The Guardian..

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  • Title: Land Grabs – There Is No Idle Land In Africa | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Land Grabs – There Is No Idle Land In Africa.. Saturday, June 11, 2011.. By Pan-Africanist International.. Africa land grab and hunger map.. Harvard and other major American universities are working through British hedge funds and European financial speculators to buy or lease vast areas of African farmland in deals, some of which may force many thousands of people off their land ….. … No one should believe that these investors are there to feed starving Africans, create jobs or improve food security ….. Much of the money is said to be channelled through London-based Emergent asset management, which runs one of Africa's largest land acquisition funds, run by former JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs currency dealers.. … Emergent's clients in the US may have invested up to $500m in some of the most fertile land in the expectation of making 25% returns.. “These agreements – many of which could be in place for 99 years – do not mean progress for local people and will not lead to food in their stomachs.. “The scale of the land deals being struck is shocking”, said Mittal.. “The conversion of African small farms and forests into a natural-asset-based, high-return investment strategy can drive up food prices and increase the risks of climate change.. Research by the World Bank and others suggests that nearly 60m hectares – an area the size of France – has been bought or leased by foreign companies in Africa in the past three years.. “Most of these deals are characterised by a lack of transparency, despite the profound implications posed by the consolidation of control over global food markets and agricultural resources by financial firms,” says the report.. “We have seen cases of speculators taking over agricultural land while small farmers, viewed as squatters, are forcibly removed with no compensation,” said Frederic Mousseau, policy director at Oakland, said: “This is creating insecurity in the global food system that could be a much bigger threat to global security than terrorism.. More than one billion people around the world are living with hunger.. The majority of the world's poor still depend on small farms for their livelihoods, and speculators are taking these away while promising progress that never happens.. ” (The Guardian).. Africa biofuels land grab map.. THIS NEW scramble for African land has visited a multitude of problems on ordinary Africans and set the stage for ecological crisis and widespread hunger.. As many critics have pointed out, African governments have falsely claimed that land available for sale is unused.. As journalist Joan Baxter writes:.. Some defend the investors' acquisition of land in their countries, saying it is “virgin” or “under-utilized” or “uncultivated” or “degraded” land…This suggests.. they know precious little about the importance of fallows and the resilience and diversity of agroforestry systems, or about sustainable agriculture and the knowledge base of their own farmers.. Communal land, small farmers and even entire villages are often displaced in the drive for land purchases.. The Oakland Institute think-tank released a report on the African land grab, which points out:.. Experts in the field, however, affirm that there is no such thing  ...   decades.. Ethiopia alone has 13 million people in immediate need of food assistance, yet its government has put over 7 million acres of land up for sale.. And worsening hunger is still to come.. ….. Large-scale land acquisition poses massive ecological threats to the African environment.. The dangers are numerous: hazardous pesticides and fertilizers cause water contamination from their runoff, the introduction of genetically modified seeds and other problems.. Land previously left to lie fallow is now threatened with overuse from intensified agricultural development, a trend further exacerbated by speculative investment and the drive for short-term profits.. Yet deals transferring vast tracts of land are typically taking place far removed from local farmers and villagers with virtually no accountability.. As Khadija Sharife writes on the Pambazuka Web site:.. The deals involving these concessions are often cloaked in secrecy, but African business has learned that they are usually characterized by allowing free access to water, repatriation of profits, tax exemptions and the ability for investors to acquire land at no cost whatsoever, with little or no restriction on the volume of food exported or its intended use, in return for a loose promise to develop infrastructure and markets.. In many cases, farmers and pastoralists have worked this land for centuries.. However, governments are claiming this land is idle in order to more easily sell or lease it to private investors.. (.. New African Land Grab.. ).. I found this a particularly telling passage from.. (Mis)investment in Agriculture: The Role of the International Finance Corporation In Global Land Grabs (PDF).. a publication of the Oakland Institute.. Proponents of the land deals will dismiss my concerns and claim that this type of foreign investment will benefit the local people by providing jobs and creating infrastructure.. They will also say that the land being offered is “unused.. ” These are hollow arguments.. Investors have been quoted as saying they will employ 10,000 people and use high-tech, high-production farming techniques.. The two promises are completely incongruous.. As a farmer, I can tell you that high-tech, high production devices are appealing precisely because they reduce labor.. Investors will not hire significant numbers of people and simultaneously scale-up their production techniques.. And if they choose the former, they are likely to create low-paying jobs and poor working conditions.. I may be making assumptions, but they are based on history—a history dating back to colonialism and one that has exploited both natural resources and people.. Particularly disconcerting is the notion that the “available” land is “unused.. This land is in countries with the highest rates of malnutrition on the only continent that produces less food per capita than it did a decade ago.. In most cases,.. this land has a real purpose: it may support corridors for pastoralists; provide fallow space for soil regeneration; provide access to limited water sources; be reserved for future generations; or enable local farmers to increase production.. The fact that rich and emerging economies do not have or do not respect pastoralists or use land for age-old customs does not mean we have a right to label this land unused.. Source:.. http://www.. panafricanistinternational.. org/?p=1027..

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  • Title: Kritik an ausländischen Agrar-Investitionen in Afrika | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Kritik an ausländischen Agrar-Investitionen in Afrika.. Friday, June 10, 2011.. Originally published in.. Neue Zürcher Zeitung.. 10.. Juni 2011.. mhf.. Nairobi U In anglofonen afrikanischen Medien hat sich für ein Phänomen, dem erst seit zwei, drei Jahren eine weltweite Aufmerksamkeit zuteil wird, bereits der Begriff «land grab» (Landraub) eingebürgert.. Gemeint sind die Kauf- oder langfristigen Pachtverträge, mit denen afrikanische Staaten ausländischen Konzernen und Staatsfonds Agrarland zur Kultivierung überlassen.. Das Oakland Institute vermeidet zwar den Ausdruck, der eine nachteilige Beurteilung des Landhandels vorwegnimmt.. Aber der am Mittwoch veröffentlichte Bericht der kalifornischen Kritiker der Agroindustrie, die unter anderen vom Investor Warren Buffett unterstützt werden und laut eigener Aussage in der Uno, der Weltbank und beim IMF Einfluss geniessen, lässt kein gutes Haar an den Agrar-Investitionen.. Versprechen nicht eingehalten.. Laut dem Bericht gefährden die ausländischen Investitionen die Nahrungsmittelsicherheit in den betreffenden Ländern, statt sie – wie oftmals versprochen – zu verbessern.. Auch die Versprechen von Investoren, Arbeitsplätze zu schaffen und traditionelle Besitzrechte zu respektieren, würden nicht eingehalten.. Ausländische Investoren folgten einseitig der Logik der Gewinnmaximierung oder spekulierten mit steigenden Nahrungsmittelpreisen, wodurch deren Volatilität noch zunehme.. Der Bericht des Oakland-Instituts, dem jedenfalls das Verdienst gebührt, zahlreiche der beanstandeten Pachtverträge und Abmachungen zu publizieren, ist nicht das erste kritische Gutachten des umstrittenen Landhandels in Afrika.. Dieses Jahr machten bereits die britische Nichtregierungsorganisation Oxfam und die Weltbank («Rising Global Interest in Farmland») ausführlich auf Mängel und Gefahren der Agrar-Investitionen aufmerksam.. Im April kamen an einer Konferenz an der Universität von Sussex Dutzende von Einzelstudien zusammen.. Mit den Untersuchungen soll die seit 2009 im Raum stehende Frage, ob bei der ausländischen Kommerzialisierung afrikanischen Bodens der Nutzen oder die Risiken überwiegen, beantwortet werden.. Die ausländischen Agrar-Investitionen nehmen in der Tat rasant zu.. Laut der Weltbank lag die weltweite Expansion von kommerziellem Agrarland vor 2008 bei weniger als 4  ...   an, wo das Gelände ehemaliger Flüchtlingslager verpachtet worden sei; die Flüchtlinge (aus Burundi) würden gegen ihren Willen und damit in Verletzung internationaler Konventionen repatriiert.. In Äthiopien zwängen die Behörden 700 000 Bauern in Dörfer und verpachteten das frei gewordene Land.. Die oft gehörte Behauptung, es werde nur marginales Land verpachtet, entspreche selten der Wahrheit.. So hätten in Mali gutgehende Frauenkooperativen von Gemüsebäuerinnen den Betrieb einstellen müssen, um einem Investor zu weichen.. Genfer Firma hängt mit.. Die Pachtverträge gewährten Investoren 100%ige Besitzanteile und andere umstrittene Vorteile, schreiben die Autoren.. In Sierra Leone und Äthiopien werde Land für 12 $ pro Jahr und Hektare verpachtet, gegenüber entsprechenden Pachtzinsen von über 5000 $ in Argentinien oder Brasilien.. Zu den Pachtzinsen hatte allerdings bereits der (kritische) Bericht der Weltbank angemerkt, der komparative Vorteil afrikanischer Pachten, die in der Regel umfassende Infrastrukturinvestitionen nötig machten, sei ihr tiefer Zins, während ausländische Pächter in Südamerika bestehende Infrastrukturen nutzen könnten.. Auch andere Kritikpunkte erweisen sich bei näherer Betrachtung als fragwürdig.. So ist die laut Medienberichten an der Konferenz in Sussex vielfach geäusserte Behauptung, versprochene Arbeitsstellen würden nicht geschaffen, zu relativieren.. Laut der Weltbank wurden bis letztes Jahr erst 21% der weltweit untersuchten Verträge umgesetzt.. Möglicherweise ist es für eine ausgewogene Kosten-Nutzen-Analyse zu früh.. Ein Beispiel ist der Vertrag der Genfer Firma Addax Bioenergy mit Sierra Leone für den Anbau von 10 000 ha Zuckerrohr für die Herstellung von Ethanol.. Statt der versprochenen 3000 Arbeitsstellen seien bloss 200 geschaffen worden, behauptet das Oakland Institute.. Laut einer Stellungnahme von Addax Bioenergy wurden mittlerweile jedoch 650 Stellen geschaffen.. Der Durchschnittslohn sei doppelt so hoch wie der gängige Mindestlohn.. Laut einem Firmensprecher unterschlagen die Autoren vor allem auch, dass die Herstellung von Biotreibstoff mit einem von der Uno unterstützten Programm zur Verbesserung der Produktivität der Kleinbauern der Umgebung einhergeht.. «Reflexe», Seite 28..

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  • Title: In Africa Ivy League Universities Involved In Land Grabs - In India Its A War On Farmers | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: In Africa Ivy League Universities Involved In Land Grabs - In India Its A War On Farmers.. Treehugger.. by Matthew McDermott.. 06.. 10.. 11.. photo:.. Simply CVR.. /.. Creative Commons.. Two stories coming through on.. land grabs in the name of 'development'.. that are worth paying attention to.. Al Jazeera.. has a good opinion piece from the ever prolific Vandana Shiva where she describes land grabs in India as being a war on farmers.. Meanwhile,.. reports that US universities, including big names like Harvard and Vanderbilt, are involved in African land grabs via the proxy of hedge funds they invest with.. Those universities, which aren't the only ones, are working through British hedge funds and European financial speculators to buy or lease African farmland, displacing thousands of people, The Guardian reports.. Based on research done by the Oakland Institute, Emergent asset management has invested up to $500 million in the most fertile regions of Africa.. Oakland said investors overstated the benefits of the deals for the communities involved.. "Companies have been able to create complex layers of companies and subsidiaries to avert the gaze of weak regulatory authorities.. Analysis of the contracts reveal that many of the deals will provide few jobs and will force many thousands  ...   1 racetrack - in the guise of building the Yamuna Expressway.. In total, the land of 1225 villages is to be acquired for the 165km Expressway.. The farmers have been protesting this unjust land acquisition, and last week, four people died - while many were injured during a clash between protesters and the police on May 7, 2011.. If the government continues its land wars in the heart of India's bread basket, there will be no chance for peace.. In any case, money cannot compensate for the alienation of land.. As 80-year-old Parshuram, who lost his land to the Yamuna Expressway, said: "You will never understand how it feels to become landless.. While land has been taken from farmers at Rs 300 ($6) per square metre by the government - using the Land Acquistion Act - it is sold by developers at Rs 600,000 ($13,450) per square metre - a 200,000 per cent increase in price - and hence profits.. This land grab and the profits contribute to poverty, dispossession and conflict.. In the end, Shiva says that the largest democracy in the world "is destroying its democratic fabric through its land wars.. Read more, it's worth it and its another sorry state of affairs:.. Aj Jazeera English..

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  • Title: Harvard and Other Large US Universities, Pensions Accused of African Land-Grabbing | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Harvard and Other Large US Universities, Pensions Accused of African Land-Grabbing.. Asset International.. Thursday, June 09, 2011 4:13:53 PM.. US university endowments and other institutional investors are investing heavily in African land as they foresee high returns on deals that have encountered scrutiny and opposition, a new report states.. Harvard, Vanderbilt, Spellman, and Iowa universities, along with other major colleges in the United States, have been.. criticized.. for buying.. African.. farmland.. According to a recent report by The Oakland Institute, a California-based think tank, titled “Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa,” American universities are taking part in or providing funds for land purchases in Africa that "is resulting in the displacement of small farmers, environmental devastation, water loss and further political instability such as the food riots that preceded the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions.. Pensions and hedge funds are also taking part in "largely unregulated land purchases" within the continent, the report states, lured by high returns while turning a blind eye to theft of land and displacement of people.. According to the Institute, whose mission is to promote debate on social, economic, and environmental  ...   millions of dollars.. This is not landgrabbing.. We want to make the land more valuable.. Being big makes an impact, economies of scale can be more productive.. Meanwhile, Anuradha Mittal, executive director of the Oakland Institute, said in a statement: “The same financial firms that drove us into a global recession by inflating the real estate bubble through risky financial maneuvers are now doing the same with the world’s food supply.. In Africa this is resulting in the displacement of small farmers, environmental devastation, water loss and further political instability such as the food riots that preceded the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions.. Mittal added: “The research exposed investors who said it’s easy to make a land deal – that they could usually get what they want in exchange for giving a poor, tribal chief a bottle of Johnny Walker.. When these investors promise progress and jobs to local chiefs, it sounds great – but they don’t deliver, which means no progress and relocating people from their homes.. To contact the aiCIO editor of this story: Paula Vasan at.. pvasan@assetinternational.. ; 646-308-2742.. Follow on Twitter at.. @ai_CIO..

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  • Title: Harvard and Vanderbilt Endowments Criticized for Buying African Farmland | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Harvard and Vanderbilt Endowments Criticized for Buying African Farmland.. The Chronicle of Philanthropy.. June 9, 2011, 10:20 am.. Several major U.. S.. university endowments are investing heavily in African land, anticipating high returns in deals some critics say displace rural farmers and refugees, according to.. Harvard and Vanderbilt are among the universities buying African farmland through European speculators and hedge funds such as London-based Emergent, the British daily writes, citing a new report by the Oakland Institute, an advocacy group.. Researchers at the group  ...   in seven African countries.. An Emergent spokesman acknowledged university endowment funds are among its “long-term investors” but said its African land fund invests in “agriculture and setting up businesses and employing people.. We are doing it in a responsible way.. But Oakland Institute director Anuradha Mittal said the group’s analysis shows “that many of the deals will provide few jobs and will force many thousands of people off the land.. The newspaper did not include any responses from the American universities named in the report..

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  • Title: Understanding Land Deals in Africa: Featured Media | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Understanding Land Deals in Africa: Featured Media.. Tanzania: U.. University Withdraws From Land Grab Deal.. All Africa.. Africa Rising: Ethiopia Moves to Diversify Exports.. Christian Science Monitor.. Letter: Publicize Vanderbilt s Investment Research.. Inside Vandy.. Iowa School Calls It Quits On Planatation-Style ‘Land Grab’ In Tanzania.. Sahara Reporters.. Iowa School Calls It Quits on Plantation-Style Land Grab in Tanzania.. New York Amsterdam News.. Ethiopia s Tribes Cry for Help.. ACCAPAREMENT DES TERRES – Plus de 650 000 ha de Terres Distribuées en Douze Ans au Sénégal :  ...   South Sudan.. Pambazuka News.. Harvesting Controversy: World Bank s Agriculture Projects Under Scrutiny.. Bretton Woods Project.. Land Grabs: False Climate Change Solutions Hurt Africa.. Black Business Quarterly.. Behind African ‘Land Grabs’ By U.. Institutions and Universities.. WBEZ Chicago.. Pages.. « first.. ‹ previous.. 11.. 12.. 13.. 14.. 15.. 16.. 17.. 18.. next ›.. last ».. view all.. Land Investment Deals in Africa.. Publications Overview.. Cameroon.. Ethiopia.. Mali.. Mozambique.. Sierra Leone.. South Sudan.. Tanzania.. Zambia.. AgInvestment Conferences.. AgriSol Energy LLC.. Nile Trading Development.. Quifel Natural Holdings.. World Bank Group..

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  • Title: FAQs on Food Security & Western Investors | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: FAQs on Food Security Western Investors.. OI_FAQsjune5.. pdf..

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  • Title: Publications Overview | oaklandinstitute.org
    Descriptive info: Publications Overview.. Press Statement: Lives on Hold.. July 9, 2012.. Press Statement from Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, on the Institute’s latest report, Lives on Hold, which documents the impact of AgriSol’s land deal in Tanzania.. Released at press call, July 9, 2012.. Press Release: Lives on Hold--AgriSol s Land Deal in Tanzania Creates an Uncertain Future for More than 160,000 People.. Report embargoed until 12:00 am EDT, JULY 9, 2012 Contact: Anuradha Mittal (510) 469-5228; amittal@oaklandinstitute.. org Lives on Hold AgriSol's Land Deal in Tanzania Creates an Uncertain Future for More than 160,000 People.. Land Deal Brief: Lives on Hold.. In June 2011, the Oakland Institute (OI) released details of the largest land deal in Tanzania, which had been hidden away from public scrutiny prior to that and obscured from national debate and discussion.. The deal involved Iowa-based Summit Group and the Global Agriculture Fund of the Pharos Financial Group working in partnership with AgriSol Energy LLC and Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.. Iowa CCI Statement to the Press.. For Immediate Release--July 9, 2012.. Protesting Land Grabs at the 4th Global AgInvestment Conference in NYC.. May 5, 2012.. After a prolific year of publishing policy reports and briefs that reveal the inner workings of crooked land deals in Africa, I was excited to have the opportunity to step away from the computer screen and take our call to end land grabs directly to investors on their home turf.. Dealing with Disclosure: Improving Transparency in Decision-Making over Large-Scale Land Acquisitions, Allocations, and  ...   heard and strategize a way forward.. Joan Baxter, Senior Fellow at the Oakland Institute reports from the meeting.. Comprendre les Investissements Fonciers en Afrique: Le Projet Socfin en Sierra Leone.. En 2011, Socfin Agricultural Company Sierra Leone Ltd.. (Socfin SL) a pris le contrôle de 6.. 500 hectares (ha) de terres agricoles pour établir des plantations de palmiers à huile et d’hévéas dans la chefferie de Malen, district de Pujehun, au sud de la Sierra Leone.. L’entreprise cherche maintenant à acquérir 5.. 000 ha supplémentaires dans la région de Malen ou des chefferies voisines.. Press Release: A New Report Exposes French Tycoon s Land Grab in Sierra Leone.. April 2, 2012.. In yet another exposé of exploitative practices associated with large-scale land acquisitions, the Oakland Institute examines Socfin Agricultural Corporation Sierra Leone (Socfin), controlled by the powerful French corporate titan Vincent Bolloré.. Video: Agricultural Investment or Land Grab in Sierra Leone?.. April 1, 2012.. In 2011, Socfin Agricultural Company Sierra Leone Ltd.. (Socfin SL) sealed a $100 million deal securing 6,500 hectares of farmland for rubber and oil palm plantations in Malen chiefdom in Pujehun district in the south of Sierra Leone.. The Socfin investment, however, does not have support of the local population.. In October 2011, 40 villagers were arrested following a peaceful protest.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. 6.. New Film.. The Herakles Debacle.. exposes massive deforestation disguised as sustainble development.. Land Deals Featured Media.. Interactive Land Matrix – Resource in Documenting Land Grab across Africa.. Humanitarian News.. Ethiopia: The Morality of Development and its Operatives.. ECADF..

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