How food and water are driving a 21st-century African land grab

Ethiopian government is offering at least 3 million hectares of its fertile land to investors in 2010. For instance, a company owned by Ethiopian- born billionaire, including the Awassa greenhouses, is developing 5000 hectares of land. However, in many areas of Africa, such deals have led to evictions, civil unrest and complaints of “land grabbing”. There are both potential benefits and immense dangers they represent to people and nature. The land rush, which is still accelerating, has been triggered by the worldwide food shortages which followed the sharp oil price rises. Read this story here.


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