Based on new research in four African countries, Professor Ian Scoones says far from being on a land-grabbing spree in Africa, Chinese immigrant farmers and the deployment of Chinese agricultural technology and training programmes are having a positive impact.
Yonatan Tesfaye a dénoncé un possible accaparement de terres dans la région d’Oromia, ce qui n’est pas un crime, et encore moins du terrorisme
- Amnesty International
06 May 2016
An Ethiopian court has handed down a nine-year jail sentence to a leading dissident from the restive region where the government has leased vast tracts of land to foreign investors.
- Oakland Institute
02 May 2016
Africa-focused private equity firm 8 Miles has picked up “a significant minority stake” in Ethiopian agribusiness Verde Beef Processing.
The Chinese role in agriculture – in terms of business investment, technology transfer, demonstration efforts, training and more – is growing, and shaping perceptions.
- The Conversation
28 Mar 2016
An Ethiopian state body that has been involved in leasing tracts of land for commercial farming has suspended the issuance of new licences until it completes a review because of scant progress in developing areas leased so far, an official said.
The Ethiopian Agriculture Investment and Land Administration Agency has given up offering land for large scale agricultural investments for an unspecified time.
A year ago today, Ethiopian security forces arrested Pastor Omot Agwa and six colleagues at Addis Ababa’s Bole Airport on their way to a food security workshop and took them to the notorious Maekelawi police station, where torture is routine.
One year after their arrest on March 15, 2015, three food, land, and human rights defenders continue to languish in an Ethiopian jail on the spurious charge of “terrorism”.
World Bank organizes costly conferences on land governance while overlooking the forced relocation of farmers and indigenous people resulting from its policies and programs.
- Oakland Institute
14 Mar 2016
A new Open Access Special Issue in World Development based on our work on the changing role of China and Brazil in Africa’s agriculture is now available
FT correspondents report on the global race for land from Ethiopia, Myanmar and Indonesia.
- Financial Times
01 Mar 2016