Africa land grab could distort trade: IFAP

A spate of controversial land acquisitions in Africa is a direct result of lack of investment by poorer governments and may worsen global trade distortions, the head of the world's leading farming lobby said on Monday.

Africa: Tractored out by “land grabs”?

Mohammed Mbwana, who farms in the Tana River delta area and is an official of a local NGO, said the Qatar agreement would displace thousands of locals. At least 150,000 families in farming and pastoralist communities depend on the land in question, said to be part of Kenya’s biggest wetland.

G8 farm ministers plot world food strategy

Farm ministers of the Group of Eight meeting in Italy this weekend aim to forge a strategy to secure food supplies and stabilize prices, as rich nations scramble for acreage abroad to feed their people.