Gadaa.com | May 1, 2010To vote for Siyade’s question described below, click here to go to YouTube. A week from now (5-7 May 2010), world leaders will convene for a conference on the economy of Africa – the World Economic Forum on Africa – in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Concurrently, the Davos Debates in Africa has solicited questions from ordinary people to be asked at the World Economic Forum on Africa, whose participants’ list include Mr. Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia along with other ten heads of state/government in Africa. A concerned citizen by the name of Siyade has posted the following video on the Davos Debates’ YouTube channel, where visitors submit and vote on questions to be asked at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Dar es Salaam. Siyade’s question challenges the on-going land grab activities in Ethiopia (in States, such as Oromia, Gambella, the South, Afar and Benishangul-Gumuz), where farmers are evicted from their ancestral land so that the land be given to Asian and Middle-Eastern corporate farming giants, whose primary objective is to export the grains/vegetables farmed in Ethiopia, while the local people continue to depend on food aid, and often times, become victims of famine. The Question
In Ethiopia, farms backed by foreign investors are growing with abundance, while indigenous farmers subsist on food aid. How is this remotely possible that the world community can stand aside and allow this unlikely abundance for an elite few in a land notoriously known for famine?
How to VoteTo vote for Siyade’s question, click here to go to YouTube. This video is posted under a user name (Evoke Agent), Baltimore, MD. Note that you’ll need to have a Google or YouTube account in order to vote. Vote and be a voice for the millions who are voiceless. The more people vote for this, the higher chance the question will have to be addressed. There are only 6 days (as of May 1, 2010) left to vote; therefore, take the action today!