The property of a Dutch agricultural company, Solagrow, was torched by hundreds of people, angered by the company having fenced off 100 hectares of prime communal grazing land, leased by the government.
Like Karuturi’s disappeared $100 million farm investment, the Addis Ababa expansion plan embodies the perils and contradictions of the Ethiopian regime’s strategy of securing internal calm through economic growth and strong ties with foreign powers.
Karuturi Global Ltd., one of the largest investors in Ethiopia’s farm industry, is challenging the termination of its project, claiming the government broke the terms of its agreement with the company.
Human Rights Watch says that foreign-owned commercial farms were looted and destroyed near Debre Zeit, 50 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa, as protests against a mega development project continue in Ethiopia.
Businessman claims 50% of Saudi investors in Ethiopia have left the country, some leaving behind their farms and others selling them. He says many do not want to return for fear of being framed for crimes they did not commit.
Oakland Institute founder Anuradha Mittal profiles the heroic, dangerous work of Global South land rights activists like Nasako Besingi and Pastor Omot Agwa, who face violence and terror charges from hostile governments.
Groups urge World Bank President to act swiftly to ensure the release and safety of Ethiopian land and environmental activist who worked for the Bank as a transaltor for its Inspection Panel in Ethiopia