Study reveals 5 African countries worst hit by agric land grab

Pana 31/08/2012

Africa: Study reveals 5 African countries worst hit by agric land grab

Paris, France - Ghana, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mali and Sudan are the five African countries most affected by the grabbing of agricultural land by foreign investors, according to an international study obtained by PANA Thursday in Paris, France.

Jointly conducted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the study highlights that nearly 2.5 million hectares of land in these countries have been sold to foreign investors.

Sudan alone has leased nearly 1.5 million hectares of highly-fertile agricultural land of to the Arab states of the Gulf, Egypt and Korea Republic, said the study, which revealed that the lease would last 99 years.

'Large-scale land acquisitions can deprive local populations of access to their own resources. They can also bring about risks related to the environment and to GMOs (Genetically-Modified Foods) and cause losses of biodiversity and social conflicts,' the authors of the study warn.

Their concerns are shared by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union (AU) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), which put in place an initiative called Land Policy Initiative (LPI).
Original source: PANA


  1. editors
    10 Feb 2014

    Ok, we checked and apparently the PANA article is referring to the 2009 IIED/FAO/IFAD report "Land grab or development opportunity?". That report did not say at all that the four countries in question were the most heavily targeted – rather, that those countries are merely those that the report focuses on. We are moving this PANA article to the "off-topic" section of the site to avoid it generating more confusion. thanks

  2. Melissa
    07 Feb 2014

    I would like to second Helen's request!

  3. Helen La Trobe
    09 Dec 2013

    Please where can i access the study you are referring to here? Many thanks. Helen

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