|08 May 2019||
How a Chinese venture in Venezuela made millions while locals grew hungry
Under a 2010 pact with the Chávez government, China CAMC Engineering Co Ltd was paid $100 million to develop rice paddies twice the size of Manhattan to feed millions. But 9 years later, locals are hungry and the project hasn’t yielded a single grain of rice.
|17 May 2016||
Thomson Reuters Foundation launches Place to put land and property rights on global news agenda
Thomson Reuters Foundation today launched Place (Property, Land, Access, Connections, Empowerment), an innovative platform to boost coverage of land and property rights, one of the most under-reported issues worldwide.
|28 Nov 2017||
Calls to end Africa's 'horrific' land deals after Indian firm's fallout
Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi tells Reuters that the governments of India and Ethiopia are working to “amicably resolve outstanding Karuturi issues”.
|22 Nov 2016||
Landless Cambodian farmers look to International Criminal Court for justice
The case is significant as it could change the way community displacement in the wake of large-scale land deals is tested and prosecuted
|03 Aug 2016||
Suu Kyi tackles military land grabs in test of new Myanmar government
When Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) stormed to power in elections last November, its victory was fueled in part by rural anger over land seizures and the party’s pledge to provide redress.
|06 Feb 2014||
African states seek new farmland deals without problems of past
African countries that missed out on Gulf cash pouring into agricultural projects elsewhere on the continent are trying to entice Arab investors with deals they say are designed to avoid problems of the past.
|17 Apr 2019||
Georgia's ban on foreign landowners leaves farmers in limbo
A ban on foreigners owning farmland introduced last year in Georgia's new constitution has made it more difficult for farmers to borrow because the country's mostly foreign-owned banks will no longer accept farmland as collateral.
|12 Jun 2015||
Sudan police teargas protesters in Khartoum - witnesses
Police in Sudan fired tear gas and wielded batons on Friday to break up a protest in Khartoum against government land policies in which one person is reported to have died.
|15 Oct 2010||
Pas d'adoption à l'Onu d'un code des investissements fonciers
Le Comité de la sécurité alimentaire (CSA) de l'Onu s'est contenté de "prendre note" d'un code de conduite sur les investissements fonciers à l'étranger, sans pour autant l'adopter, au grand dam d'ONG défendant les petits exploitants agricoles de pays en développement.
|29 Sep 2010||
Egypt to lease at least 200,000 acres of farms: government
Egypt will lease at least 200,000 acres of farmland this year for agri-business projects in North Sinai, the North Coast and Upper Egypt, the agriculture minister said on Wednesday.
|15 May 2017||
Brazil, home of Amazon, rolls back environmental protection
From sweeping cuts of funds to protect forests, to the loosening of conservation of indigenous land and measures to boost large-scale property deals, Brazil has embarked on the biggest roll back of environmental protections in two decades.
|28 Feb 2017||
Congo plantation firm financed by UK aid accused of breaking promise to help workers
One of Africa's largest palm oil companies that is majority-owned by the British government through foreign aid funding has failed to meet a promise to improve housing for its Congolese workers or pay them on time, investigations have revealed.
|17 Aug 2016||
In Brazil's 'Wild West' a young prosecutor takes on corrupt land deals
In a poor corner of remote northeastern Brazil often viewed as the country's 'Wild West', a young state prosecutor is chalking up wins in the fight to stop corrupt land deals.
|21 Jun 2016||
'All we ask is for is our land back': Uganda's Bugala Island farmers
Farmers on Bugula Island, the second largest in Lake Victoria, are now locked in a legal battle with Bidco, which says it has not been involved in any land transactions.
|22 Apr 2011||
Congo governor offers farmland in mining province
Moise Katumbi, governor of mineral-rich Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has offered 14 million hectares of farmland to large-scale farmers to boost agriculture.
|31 Jan 2011||
In global land rush, a search for fair returns
"All of a sudden the world is waking up and saying, 'Wow, emerging markets, food security... this asset class is going to really perform in the medium term -- the next 8-20 years,'" says new convert James Howard, manager of the Futuregrowth Agri-Fund
|15 Oct 2010||
UN body fails to back "land grabs" code of conduct
The UN Committee on Food Security has failed to endorse a code of conduct on foreign land investments, in a blow to efforts to draft international guidelines to regulate so-called "land grabs".
|25 Feb 2019||
Bitter aftertaste? Food companies could face costly disputes over land in Africa
Food companies doing business in Africa risk becoming bogged down in decades-long legal disputes over land that could cost tens of millions of dollars, according to a new report from ODI.
|23 May 2018||
Africa's green revolution stumbles at Congo project to solve food shortages
The African Development Bank is nevertheless accelerating a push for projects such as the failed 80,000 hectare Bukanga Lonzo project in the DRC, for which it provided about $1 million to finance a feasibility study.
|10 Dec 2017||
Women land defenders in Asia need more protection as violence rises - rights groups
From Cambodia to the Philippines, women land rights defenders face increasing levels of violence and intimidation
|13 Jul 2017||
Brazil ranked world's most deadly nation for land activists as impunity reigns
Data released by London-based campaign group Global Witness showed that 49 of 200 land rights activists killed last year were from South America's largest country, making Brazil the world's most dangerous nation for campaigners.
|29 Mar 2017||
Farmers seek independent inquiry into controversial Sierra Leone palm oil deal
Farmers and charities are demanding an independent investigation into the claims made by landowners who say their complaints and grievances were ignored.
|04 Jul 2016||
Clarion call for Nigerian farmers to unite in the battle to save their lands
Reverend Father Maurice Kwairanga works with farmers in northeast Nigeria to fight large scale land acquisitions
|26 May 2016||
Brazil to lift limits on foreigners' owning of land
Brazil's government plans to lift current limits on foreign ownership of agricultural land, Secretary of Investment Moreira Franco, the person behind privatization for the new administration, told Reuters on Wednesday.
|17 Nov 2015||
U.S. pension fund under pressure to go public with Brazil land deals
A U.S. investment firm that manages U.S., Canadian and Swedish pension funds came under pressure on Tuesday to give locations of its land investments in Brazil as coalition of campaign groups voiced concerns about the impact on local farmers.
|27 Feb 2015||
Ukraine crisis seen softening political ground for foreign farm land sales
The crisis in Ukraine looks set to trigger major changes in its vast agricultural sector with state-owned farm land and small family plots likely to go up for sale despite concerns over the impact on local farmers.
|27 Oct 2014||
UAE firm set to produce 300,000 tonnes of wheat in Egypt's Toshka
UAE-based Al Dahra Agriculture aims to pump water from the country's Aswan High Dam reservoir and deliver it via a 50-kilometre canal to 100,000 acres of reclaimed farmland 60 km from the border with Sudan.
|23 Apr 2014||
Palm oil industry struggles to build trust in rights pledges
In Indonesia alone, there are some 4,000 land conflicts between palm oil companies and local people, which can take years to be resolved in court.
|04 Mar 2014||
China's COFCO in talks to buy Noble's agribusiness arm - sources
China's biggest grains trader COFCO Corp is in talks to buy Noble Group Ltd's agribusiness arm in a deal that would value the division at around $1 billion.
|22 Jun 2011||
Pension funds mull ethics of commodity investments
Some pension funds are beginning to question their investments in commodities after accusations that massive flows into the sector have distorted markets, fuelled food inflation and hurt poor nations.