Indigenous and civil society leaders from Indonesia, Peru, Colombia and Liberia gathered in London Wednesday to urge a boycott of firms that commit human rights violations and land seizures to cultivate palm oil.
"Our main priority in the Far East is to provide the conditions for investment in agricultural and infrastructure spheres," says Russian Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev, naming several regions near China's northeast.
A unit of China’s Shanghai Pengxin Group Co. bought a controlling stake in Brazil’s soybean trader and biodiesel maker Fiagril Ltda for $286 million, marking the first major Chinese acquisition of an agricultural company in Brazil.
The government has given Ke-Hong Group 2,500 acres for a multi-billion shilling project involving rice farming, poultry, horticulture, and fish farming, according to agriculture minister Tress Bucyanayandi.
Ministers approved the sale of a New Zealand farm to a Panamanian firm whose treasurer was also a director of a company that Portugal believed laundered money for former Brazilian and Portuguese national soccer coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
The largest agricultural investment under the federal government's new significant investment visa (SIV) program has been made in the $174 million float candidate Mort & Co, which owns and operates Australia's biggest independent feedlot business.
The protests were sparked by opposition to a legal overhaul that will allow the government to sell farmland to joint ventures, provided they are controlled by Kazakh residents, and lease it to foreigners for up to 25 years.
Opponents of the new law, who staged their first protest in the city of Atyrau last Sunday, see the change as a threat to national security, especially after the government announced several agreements with neighboring China for agricultural projects.
After close to three years and many court cases in Nairobi and Nakuru, the curtains appear to be coming down on one of the world’s biggest players in the cut flower industry — Karuturi Limited — after its owners conceded to an application to wind it up.
The company, which has most recently bulldozed the local community's sago palms, is a subsidiary of RSPO member Goodhope Asia Holdings, registered in Singapore and owned by Carson Cumberbatch PLC of Sri Lanka.
The Overseas Investment Office has re-opened its review of the sale of Taranaki farmland to foreign investors after revelations the Argentinian owners were prosecuted for pollution and discharging toxic chemicals into a river in Buenos Aires.
The Panamanian trust set up by Mossack Fonseca to buy the Onetai station in Taranaki, New Zealand has a Uruguayan connection that may not have brought to the attention of ministers who approved its sale.
Treasurer Scott Morrison was accused of playing politics with foreign investment after he decided to stop a Chinese-led consortium buying Australia's biggest private landholder, buying S.Kidman and Co.
The recent swell of enthusiasm for studying large-scale land acquisitions reveals something deeper about how researchers, journalists, and social activists continue to perceive societies south of the Sahara.
28/04/2016: In the land conflict between Sanamadougou and Sahou (Mali) and the company M3-SA a solution has come into reach +++ Afrique-Europe-Interact still calls upon the African Bank of Development to seek exchange with M3-SA +++ Also the Malian government and the civil society have to contribute to a fair solution
Kehong Uganda has embarked on massive clearing of the wetland to pave way for rice growing, horticulture, poultry and establishment of factories. The firm has also diverted the water, which has been flowing into River Lugogo and Lake Kyoga for use.
La ruée sur les terres agricoles d'Afrique ou d'Asie a généré beaucoup d'espérances déçues pour les investisseurs qui ciblent désormais des horizons moins risqués, de l'Australie à la Californie en passant par la France.
Deux entreprises et des particuliers chinois viennent d'acheter 1700 hectares de terres agricoles dans l'Indre. Cette discrète opération foncière inquiète le monde agricole et interroge la capacité des pouvoirs publics à enrayer la disparition de la paysannerie française.
Le 28 avril 2016 : Dans le conflit de terres entre Sanamadougou et Sahou (Mali) et la société M3-SA, une solution est à portée de main +++ Afrique-Europe-Interact invite à nouveau la Banque Africaine de Développement à rechercher le dialogue avec M3-SA +++ Le gouvernement malien et la société civile doivent également rechercher une solution juste.
Poursuivis en diffamation par le groupe Bolloré pour un article sur l’accaparement des terres, des journalistes de Bastamag ont été relaxés le 14 avril dernier. Ce lundi 25 avril, le groupe Bolloré a fait savoir qu’il faisait appel de ce jugement.
“Quando o Estado não tem informações bem definidas sobre seu território, configura-se uma situação de precariedade dos registros que impede análises mais aprofundadas da questão fundiária e, portanto, da questão agrária”, diz o geógrafo.