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Daewoo unsure of Madagascar deal

"They [Daewoo] have prospected for land and now the central government is waiting for the prospecting reports,” the Malagasy land reform ministry told the FT. Critics said the welfare of Malagasy people and global food security would be better served by islanders being helped to manage their own farms. They stressed the trickle-down effect of Daewoo’s plan would be marginal and noted the company’s focus on exporting food from a country in which about 600,000 people rely on relief from the United Nations World Food Programme.

Rich countries carry out '21st century land grab'

Nomadic herders, rarely a priority for governments, are being dispossessed by bioethanol developments in Kenya, says Michael Taylor of the International Land Coalition (ILC), and they also depend on the “unused” land that Madagascar offered Daewoo.

Le nouveau Monopoly des terres agricoles

Sauf secret bien gardé, c’est à ce jour la plus importante transaction du genre : la Corée du Sud vient de révéler qu’elle va louer 1,3 million d’hectares de terre à ­l’État malgache.

Terres à louer, terres aliénées

Dernières nouvelles de la mondialisation : la société sud-coréenne Daewoo Logistics négocie avec le gouvernement de Madagascar la location, pour quatre-vingt-dix-neuf ans, de quelque 1,3 million d'hectares de terres agricoles. Soit un quarante-cinquième de la superficie de l'île : comme si la France accordait pour un siècle à un investisseur étranger la libre disposition de deux de ses départements...

Selling out Colombia's 'tierra querida'

Colombian indigenous took their protest to Colombia’s capital Bogotá this weekend. Their struggle is about controlling the land in which they have lived and taken care of for hundreds of years, the latest culprits being irregular armed groups controlled by the traditional landowners and foreign companies (Chiquita Brands being the best example).