Food crisis and the global land grab
farmlandgrab.org weekly | 05-May-2010
GRAIN | 04-May-2010
The World Bank is marching ahead with plans to facilitate global land grabs, while not releasing a report that confirms the negative impacts of these deals for local communities.
Huffington Post | 04-May-2010
Unfortunately, the US Senate inquiry into Goldman Sach's alleged malfeasance is unlikely to question why the company in 2008 decided to acquire ten intensive poultry farms in China's Hunan and Fujian provinces for $300 million.
Business Daily | 04-May-2010
"Investors like Citadel Capital and Goldman Sachs must be stopped from acquiring large tracts of land in Africa because this practice has become a serious threat to the continent's food sovereignty"
Reuters | 04-May-2010
"In the age of derivatives and evaporating valuations, farmland is gold with a cash flow."
Le Nouvel Obs | 04-May-2010
Ces contrats ne constituent pas des opportunités pour les populations car ils ne permettent ni un réel développement rural ni une diversification des sources de revenus pour les paysans dépossédés de leur terre.
Zacks | 03-May-2010
Bunge Limited, a premier global agribusiness and food company in the US, has recently announced plans to acquire 25,000 acres in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from the local firm Acucar Guarani to grow cane for its sugar and ethanol mills.
Land and People | 03-May-2010
Do we or do we not want to promote Arab agricultural integration and to foster inter Arab investments in farming?
Gulf Times | 03-May-2010
Ghana Investment Promotion Centre is seeking investments from Qatar to the tune of $700mn, including a major deal with Hassad Food
Financial Times | 02-May-2010
Mr Rosslenbroich is particularly enthusiastic about agriculture, where he says Aquila has “teams travelling the world looking for farms”, with New Zealand dairy farms a speciality.
Bloomberg | 02-May-2010
Capital flows into Africa, include farmland acquisitions by foreign investors, rose 16 percent in 2008 to a record $62 billion even as FDI that year fell 20 percent worldwide
GRAIN | 30-Apr-2010
MCC is playing a key role in commodifying Africa’s farmlands
Reuters | 30-Apr-2010
Morocco plans to lease 30,000 ha of farmland per year to improve yields, satisfy growing national demand and boost export sales, its agriculture minister said on Thursday.
Reuters | 30-Apr-2010
Saudi Arabian investors are looking to expand their agricultural investments in the United States to secure long-term food supply because of water shortages in the desert kingdom, Saudi officials said on Thursday.
Tercera Información | 29-Apr-2010
Esta advertencia se hizo plausible cuando el Banco Mundial lanzó la noticia en un encuentro en Washington el 26 y 27 de abril. Durante el acto, anunció sus compromisos voluntarios para proteger a largo plazo los derechos, los modos de vida y los recursos de estos continentes durante los procesos de adquisición de tierras por parte de inversores extranjeros.
ABN | 29-Apr-2010
African civil society claims that the voluntary guidelines will do nothing to prevent the continued threat to food security, forests, and the rights of African rural and indigenous communities to live on their land and feed themselves.
UPI | 29-Apr-2010
As African leaders, many out to line their own pockets, sign away their people's land to foreigners, the continent's people face not having enough food to eat.
Asian Peasant Coalition | 29-Apr-2010
The Asian Peasant Coalition and Peasant Movement of the Philippines slam World Bank’s “seven principles”.
Gulf Times | 29-Apr-2010
Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund agricultural company launched Hassad Australia last year, aimed at ensuring that livestock and grain needs for Qatar, from Australian farmland, are met.
Japan Times | 29-Apr-2010
Recently, Kanayo Nwanze, head of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, told a news conference: "It is the wrong language to call them land grabs. They are investments in farmland--like investments in oil exploration."
Radio Mundo Real | 28-Apr-2010
Nnimmo Bassey from Nigeria said that these principles legitimize a new form of colonialism with grave dangers for millions of local livelihoods and the environment.
Council on Foreign Relations | 27-Apr-2010
Saudi Arabia is attempting to strengthen its position in what seems certain to be a growing competition for food among the nations of the Middle East.
VIVA News | 26-Apr-2010
The Agricultural Stance Coalition has rejected the government’s plan to establish a food estate in Merauke, Papua. According to them, the plan sounds reckless and letting the people of Indonesia become slaves in their own country.
Estadao | 22-Apr-2010
A empresa estatal chinesa Chongqing Grain Group pretende investir US$ 300 milhões (R$ 525 milhões) na compra de 100 mil hectares de terra no oeste da Bahia, com o objetivo de produzir soja para o mercado brasileiro e chinês.
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