Food crisis and the global land grab
farmlandgrab.org weekly | 19-May-2010
AfDB | 19-May-2010
The Fund will operate according to a Socially Responsible Investment Manual that features, for the first time in the area of Agribusiness private equity, a Code of Conduct for Land Acquisition and Land Use in Agricultural and Agribusiness Projects to prevent unsustainable practices in land acquisition and land use.
Reuters | 19-May-2010
Bunge says investor interest in farmland ownership appeared to be growing, and Bunge was aiming to draw more than $100 million in investor dollars to its land fund.
US, Japan, AU | 19-May-2010
Participants agreed on the importance of an open and inclusive dialogue to continue encouraging responsible agricultural investment by various parties.
Hindustan Times | 18-May-2010
Since the land acquisition will be by private parties only, the chances of such purchase becoming a political issue are remote, officials feel.
INKOTA | 18-May-2010
Nachdem der ländliche Sektor jahrzehntelang vernachlässigt wurde, hat in den vergangenen Jahren eine regelrechte Jagd auf Acker- und Weideland eingesetzt.
Southland Times | 18-May-2010
A German investment fund that bought a majority interest in a Southland dairy farm, Aquila Capital's AgrarInvest, also has shareholdings in three other Kiwi dairy companies.
Ouestafnews | 17-May-2010
Le Fonds pour l’agriculture en Afrique sera financé par la Banque africaine de développement (Bad) et l’Agence française de développement (AFD) à hauteur de 40 millions de dollars chacun.
Reuters | 17-May-2010
Gulf nations hope science will turn desert areas into arable land to boost food security and avoid the risks inherent in buying farmland abroad.
?TK | 17-May-2010
Farms of foreign owners control more than 6 percent of the total Czech farmland area of 3.6 million hectares, weekly Euro says in its latest issue to be published on Monday, referring to data of the Czech Statistical Office
Zawya | 17-May-2010
The process of buying up large swathes of farmland in foreign countries is politically sensitive, but "beggars can't be choosers" says a senior executive at a leading Middle Eastern food commodities trading firm
IPS | 15-May-2010
Demeter International got a 25-year lease for 10,000 ha of Bwabwata National Park, which it will start ploughing in October. Hundreds of families will lose access to the forest.
WRM | 15-May-2010
Groups issue sign-on letter calling on the World Bank to stop funding oil palm plantations.
EU Reporter | 14-May-2010
Expanding the acreage of organically farmed land to 20% would increase the EU's virtual land importation by 30%. And policies to achieve the EU’s 10% biofuel objective would also increase the rate of EU land-grabs.
meatinternational.com | 14-May-2010
A group of Iranian businessmen is planning to invest up to $40 million in the construction of a livestock breeding complex and a feed plant in Russia's Chelyabinsk region by 2013
VoA | 13-May-2010
Rural people in several parts of Cameroon are protesting a government policy that allows the government to sell or lease vast parcels of arable land to foreign investors.
ActuNews | 13-May-2010
AgroGeneration, groupe agricole spécialisé dans la production de céréales et d’oléagineux en Ukraine, a produit 55 000 tonnes de céréales (blé, maïs, orge, colza, tournesol) en 2009, contre 18 000 tonnes un an plus tôt.
GRAIN | 13-May-2010
Foreign donors are promoting land registration in Papua New Guinea to facilitate a farmland grab, under the guise of agricultural development.
Bernama | 13-May-2010
Immediate projects to be promoted under Saudi Arabia's Private Investment Fund might concern livestock production in the East Coast Economic Region, according to former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Le Soleil | 12-May-2010
Les craintes soulevées par la possible vente massive de terres agricoles du Québec à des intérêts chinois sont exagérées selon une étude du Mouvement Desjardins.
Industry Today | 12-May-2010
A new report argues that the EU has become the world's largest net importer of agricultural produce, and therefore the largest user of agricultural land that is not its own.
IDS | 12-May-2010
The Journal of Peasant Studies, in collaboration with the Land Deal Politics Initiative, is organizing an international academic workshop on ‘Global Land Grabbing’ to be held on 6-8 April 2011 at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
The National | 09-May-2010
Prof Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, thinks Arab states should shore up their food security as global warming places stress on the world's agricultural resources. But he is not thinking of recent government initiatives to buy fertile farmland in other countries.
ROPPA | 07-May-2010
La Convention a recommandé l’élaboration d’un système de suivi et d’alerte permettant de fournir aux plateformes des bases réelles de mobilisation sociale des exploitations familiales agricoles pour limiter voire enrayer l’accaparement des terres de la région.
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