Tuesday, October 25, 2011

FAO tackles land grabbing in effort to increase Africa's food security


Germany's Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner opposes the practice of land grabbing in Africa. She says states should take responsibility for themselves and their people.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Angola rehouses victims of forced evictions

10 June 2011
The Angolan government’s decision to rehouse hundreds of victims of forced evictions is a landmark step for people living in informal settlements, Amnesty International said today.

More than 450 people in the capital Luanda, whose homes were demolished between 2004 and 2006 to make way for luxury apartments, are to be rehoused from September, the government said earlier this week.

"While this announcement is a welcome step for victims of forced evictions, the Angolan authorities must end the forced evictions that are still taking place in the country. It is also crucial that people in other parts of the country, whose homes have been demolished, are also rehoused", said Tawanda Hondora, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Africa.

"The authorities must ensure that their promise to rehouse victims of forced evictions is not simply put on the backburner - as has happened in the past - but is actually implemented come September. The government must guarantee that in the event of any further evictions, the relocation of residents is agreed and implemented before the demolitions take place," he added.

The construction of luxury homes for four million people in Luanda, Project Nova Vida, began in 2006. In the run-up to this process, between 2004 and 2006, thousands of families were forcibly evicted from informal settlements. The evictions took place in the neighbourhoods of Banga Wé, Cambamba I, Cambamba II and 28 de Agosto. All of these are located in the Luanda suburb of Kilamba Kiaxi.

Forced evictions in Angola have typically been carried out without prior notification or consultation with local inhabitants and have left tens of thousands without shelter.

Excessive use of force by police officers have been a consistent feature of the evictions and several people have been injured.

In most cases armed members of the National Police or Armed Forces of Angola (Forças Armadas de Angola, FAA) who carried out the evictions, shot indiscriminately at those being evicted, beat them, and arrested those who tried to resist the evictions.

Houses were demolished and property destroyed or stolen by those carrying out the forced evictions.

In almost all the incidents of forced evictions police arrested human rights defenders, especially members of the local housing rights organization, SOS-Habitat.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Land deals and Grabs, anything possibly good about it?

Ethiopia weighs benefits of foreign 'land grabs'

10 June (BBC) - In the past few years, massive amounts of land in Africa have been bought by foreign organisations. A new report from the US-based Oakland Institute says that in 2009 alone, foreign investors bought or leased nearly 60 million hectares of land in Africa - an area about the size of France. Full Article

Congo Brazzaville: Land Deals Raise Food Security Hopes

8 June (All Africa) - By handing over 80,000 hectares of untilled land to a few dozen South African farmers, authorities in the Republic of Congo are confident they will greatly improve domestic agricultural expertise and reduce the country's chronic dependence on food imports. Full article

U.S. Universities, Investors Accused Of 'Land Grabs' In Africa

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

African farmers vs. investors. Is there a third way?


This article, from the New York Time, presents the farmer problem, the food problem, and the displacement problem. Once all three components are taken into consideration, if ever, in development/displacement issues, then may be we'll get somewhere...

Friday, December 10, 2010

Invasion of the Land Grabbers

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