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Introduction to the issue
What we do at AEFJN
News and information from other sources
Video material

Introduction

Land Grabbing - a.k.a. large-scale land acquisition - for the production of food for agrofuels for export is a cause of great concern as it is a serious threat to Food Security and Food Sovereignty in many African countries. Although governments are often persuaded that selling or leasing their land to foreign countries or large companies will be to their country's benefit, you often find that emergency food relief is still needed as a large proportion of the population is living below the poverty line.
Climate change, water scarcity, high food prices and increasing demand for agrofuels increase the competition for land and consequently deepen the problem of land-grabbing.
For a more detailed analysis of the issue, see AEFJN's Manual on Economic Justice, Volume 2, Chapter 1 by clicking on AEFJN Manual

 

What we do at AEFJN-UK

- We keep alert to provide you with the latest policy developments and news of real situations where people have been badly affected by Land Grabs (e.g. see the updates from our Brussels office below)

- We share this information as widely as possible, through meetings and social media, so that policy-makers (MPs, company directors ...) can be alerted to the dangers of land-grabbing and threats to small farmers.

MONSANTO AND BAYER TO MERGE? - This could make a monster monopoly with no compassion for farmers or our planet Earth.
Find out more and sign the petition

Also worth reading: 'Untangling the BaySanto Web' from Friends of the Earth Europe

BaySanto web

Currently, we are also looking into the issue of UK Aid bailing out Feronia, a Canadian company with massive oil palm plantations in the DRCongo. It appears that the living and working conditions for the local people are sub-human - and the people want their land back. Please send any information or evidence you have to aefjnuk@yahoo.co.uk.

"LAND CONFLICTS AND SHADY FINANCES plague DR Congo palm oil company back by development funds"

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Published by GRAIN In November 2016 with the support of AEFJN and other organisations, this report highlights concerns about Feronia's vast plantations in the DRC, especially its rights over the land, its relations with its workers and local communities and the diversion of funds that should be used for the well-being of the local people. Feronia itself is being funded by the CDC Group, a development funding agentcompany wholly owned by the UK government and is being made aware of these concerns.

 


News and information from Other Sources

Sept.2017: NOTORIOUS LAND GRABBER PULLS OUT OF ETHIOPIA. Land must now go back to the Ethiopian farmers. Article by GRAIN and Anywaa Survival Organisation

Food Sovereignty: War on Want - The global food system is in crisis. The root cause? Food being treated as just another commodity to be traded, not a right for communities and individuals.  http://www.waronwant.org/food-sovereignty

March 2016 “COMMON GROUND” - SECURING LAND RIGHTS AND SAFEGUARDING THE EARTH
A Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights. Published by Oxfam GB for Oxfam International http://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/25832-common-ground-securing-land-rights-and-safeguarding-the-earth#sthash.lzWuzBoS.dpuf

CONFERENCE ON LAND GRABBING AND JUST GOVERNANCE, NAIROBI, NOVEMBER 2015 (co-organised by AEFJN)
Outline of Case Studies from Mali, Kenya, Nigeria, DRC, Senegal, Mozambique & Cameroun
Country by Country:
Mali: http://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/24983-transnational-resistance-against-land-grabbing-in-mali
Kenya: http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-dominion-farms-land-grab-in-kenya-destroyed-farmers-livelihoods-blocked-community-access-to-water/5410278
Nigeria: http://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/24465-dominion-farm-s-land-grab-in-nigeria
DR Congo: https://www.grain.org/bulletin_board/entries/5079-bailing-out-a-foreign-food-company-in-the-dr-congo
Mozambique: file:///C:/Users/Anne/AppData/Local/Temp/grain-4626-brazilian-megaproject-in-mozambique-set-to-displace-millions-of-peasants.pdf
Cameroon: http://www.palmwatchafrica.org/tag/nasako-besingi/
Senegal: https://www.grain.org/article/entries/4898-senegalese-farmers-and-herders-demand-shady-transnational-corporation-senhuile-sa-get-off-their-land

DECLARATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR AGRO-ECOLOGY
2.2015: The International Agro-ecology Forum, organised by Via Campesina among others, took place in Mali at the end of February. The delegates represented small-scale food producers and consumers, including peasants, indigenous peoples and communities, family farmers, rural workers, herders and pastoralists, fisherfolk and urban people. Between them, they produce some 70% of the food consumed by humanity. They are the primary global investors in agriculture, as well as the primary providers of jobs and livelihoods in the world. The final declaration describes the challenges and presents 11 principles and 9 strategies to realise agroecology in the framework of food sovereignty.
Declaration of the International Forum for Agro-ecology



10.2014: CASE STUDY FROM THE AFRICA FAITH & JUSTICE NETWORK (UNITED STATES) ON THEIR WORK AGAINST LAND GRABBING IN GHANA
"LAND GRABBING IN AFRICA - Herakles Farms' Failed Venture in Brewaniase, Ghana"

 

 

Video material

Mega agrobusiness grows resentment in Mozambique 12/2015 Immense reserves of gas and coal in northern Mozambique have attracted foreign visitors in recent years, but so has its fertile soil, much to the concern of small farmers displaced by agricultural mega-projects. Many local farmers are being squeezed out over government plans to encourage the establishment of huge plantations.