[permaculture] External Capitalist Forces Wreak Havoc in Africa | agricultural “land grabbing” | Project Censored

Lawrence F. London, Jr. venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Wed May 11 14:11:16 EDT 2011


External Capitalist Forces Wreak Havoc in Africa | agricultural “land 
grabbing” | Project Censored
http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/7-external-capitalist-forces-wreak-havoc-in-africa/

7. External Capitalist Forces Wreak Havoc in Africa

Resource exploitation in Africa is not new, but the scale of
agricultural “land grabbing” in African nations is unprecedented,
becoming the new colonization of the twenty-first century. State
violence against Kenyan indigenous pastoralists and Nigerian civilians
in oil-rich regions has heightened, leaving thousands dead as the
military burns whole communities to the ground and police commit
extrajudicial killings, rapes, beatings, thefts, arson, and
intimidation.

Student Researchers:

Amanda Olson and Michelle Sewell (Sonoma State University)
Delana Colvin, Shannon Cree, and Anna Kung (DePauw University)

Faculty Evaluators:

Mandy Henk and Kevin Howley (DePauw University)
Mickey Huff (Diablo Valley College)
Peter Phillips (Sonoma State University)

The African land grab

In the midst of a severe food and economic crisis, the “land grabbing”
trend has grown to an international phenomenon. The term refers to the
purchase or lease of vast tracts of land by wealthier, food-insecure
nations and private investors from mostly poor, developing countries
in order to produce crops for export. Approximately 180 instances of
such land transactions have been reported since mid-2008, as nations
attempt to extend their control over food-producing lands and
investors attempt to turn a profit in biofuels and soft commodities
markets.

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