Land grabbed territories used for commercial export could feed 550 million people

550 million people could be fed from the agricultural output of land in the developing world, which the industrial nations have bought over the years to meet their own commercial demand. These findings were just recently published in a study from IOPscience. Currently, there are 827 million people in the developing world who experience the effects of food insecurity, defined by the World Health Organization as the inability to access sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life, every day.   ... →

Forced Resettlement and Land Grabbing in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian government offers the most fertile lands of the country to foreign investors. Often, the prices are very low and the leases run for a long time. In order to free up the land for foreign companies, the Ethiopian government forcibly displaces hundreds of thousands of Indigenous Peoples. In their new locations, they have little access to arable land, food, water or electricity.   ... →

Africans Oppose G8 Food Security Plan

A band of African NGOs and farming alliances recently released a statement calling the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa a “wave of new colonialism.” The New Alliance brings African nations and private corporations to the bargaining table. Negotiations, therefore, tend to revolve more around securing markets for large multinational agricultural firms rather than improving living standards.   ... →

Report Reveals Deutsche Bank and IFC Land Grabbing Scandal

“Rubber Barons,” a recent report released by the international NGO Global Witness links Deutsche Bank and the IFC (International Finance Corporation) to an upsurge in land grabbing that has been taking place in Laos and Cambodia since 2000. Cambodia and Laos have lost a reported 3.7 million Hectares of forestland to private Vietnamese companies financed by Deutsche Bank and the IFC – forty percent of which went to establishing rubber plantations.   ... →

AngloGold Ashanti: Land grabbing

Human Rights Violations in Ghana

In 2009, the mining company tried to expel locals from their villages by intimidating them in order to expand its rock waste dump. James Sarpong, however, remained determined and did not leave his village. On June 19, 2009, AngloGold Ashanti took court action in Sekondi-Takoradi to seek an eviction order for James Sarpong, which the high court presided by judge Anthony Oppong granted.   ... →

Neste Oil: Finnish energy corporation involved in deforestation and land grabbing

Environmental destruction in Malaysia

The Finnish energy multinational Neste Oil is considering to expand its business in palm oil production in South East Asia and is likely to become the world’s largest palm oil purchaser and biofuel producer within 2 years.

The “green” diesel, which is extracted from palm oil, shows a CO2-balance which is even worse than the CO2 footprint caused by conventional diesel.   ... →