African Farmers Losing Land to Investors –

December 22, 2010

Across Africa and the developing world, a new global land rush is gobbling up large expanses of arable land. Despite their ageless traditions, stunned villagers are discovering that African governments typically own their land and have been leasing it, often at bargain prices, to private investors and foreign governments for decades to come.

This is one of the most terrible stories in the last years. Simple land grab by bureaucratic elites. or bureaucratic elites working for foreign nationals.

Not only does it create homeless and break up communities, but it crates a n unlivable landscape, a mere factor for food. It is a repeat of the enclosure movement where the bigger landlords closed off village land for commercial agriculture in the 18th century.

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