Foreign ‘land grabbing’ in Africa

May 18, 2009 § Leave a comment

I saw this on BBC last night – Chido Makunike was interviewed regarding the issue of a new open season of land grabbing in Africa. First was colonial, then post-colonial by Africans in power, and now its international. Apparently food-insecurity is one of the reasons being cited by experts as to why S.Korea, the Middle East and even Asia – among others – have set out to and are buying huge plots of land in Africa sometimes under dubious deals. Some investors such as from the middle east are looking at growing food that they can in turn supply back to their own countries.

I also found the story on IRIN News.

The problem with Africa is that we sit on real estate that has something that everyone else wants and all kinds of events happen so that access to it is gained. I think someone put it well when they stated “Africa is a victim of its riches”.

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