Volgens een rapport van FIAN, TNI en anderen is Europa sterk betrokken bij de aankoop van landbouwgrond en landbouw-infrastructuur. Rechtstreeks door Europese investeerders, maar ook door het Europese beleid dat leidt tot ‘land-grabs’.
De Duitse vermogensbeheerder Aquila Capital wil kleine en middelgrote pensioenfondsen in Nederland warm maken om direct te beleggen in boerderijen. "We kopen alleen goede bedrijven en proberen die te verbeteren."
A policy paper will next week be presented to the annual World Bank conference on land and poverty in Washington DC in the United States, which focuses on the confrontation between peasant producers and investors in the Mozambican province of Zambezia.
Ardhi University (Tanzania) and its partners, the UNU School for Land Administration Studies of the University of Twente (Netherlands) and MKURABITA (President’s Office, Tanzania), are organizing a one day national seminar on Land Grabbing in Tanzania.
A group of twenty Dutch companies visited Juba this week, looking for business opportunities. In the South Sudanese capital they bumped into a 50-member strong delegation from Japan, who was there for exactly the same purpose. Meanwhile, the Indians are on their way.
In recent years, Mennonite Christians have been joined by Brazilian ranchers and private European investors, mainly from France, Germany and the Netherlands, to partake in a 21st Century land rush that has wiped out 1m hectares - nearly 10% of the forest - in just four years.
Mr Daniel Amelorku, District Chief Executive of South Tongu District in the Volta Region of Ghana said his district has provided 1,000 hectares of land to Global Agri-Development Company (GADCO) and would be expanded to 4,000 hectares within four years to achieve the target.