In December 2008, there was talk about Kenya leasing more than 100 000 hectares of land on the Tana River Delta to Qatar. Local activists lobbied hard against the move. If such plans get implemented, Kenya will have joined a rising number of African countries such as Ethiopia and Madagascar, which have faced large scale land-grabs in recent years. This scramble for land in Africa by rich food-insecure nations was triggered by the 2008 increase in food prices. The phenomenon has huge social-economic and political implications for Africa. Read more here.
Posted on January 31, 2011 by idasa