LAND-GRABBING & LAND RIGHTS

Since food prices spiked in 2008, foreign speculators and investors have swooped into Africa and other developing regions in a "land rush" to control agricultural land, water, and natural resources. Under the guise of bringing needed capital and modern production methods to underdeveloped countries, such investments have secured millions of acres of land with little regard for the farmers and communities currently occupying them. Communities have resisted, demanding secure land rights and agricultural investments that build on and support small-scale food producers rather than large-scale agribusiness projects.

As foreign investors search for land and riches in developing countries, farmers are fighting for secure tenure rights to their land.

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January 4, 2019

Mary Tembo displays her homegrown organic seeds at her farm in Chongwe, Zambia. (Timothy A. Wise)

Originally Published on Food Tank, Friday, December 21, 2018

On December 17, the United Nations General Assembly took a quiet but historic vote, approving the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas, by a vote of 121-8 with 52 abstentions. The declaration, which was the product of some 17 y...

October 30, 2018

Founding members of the new Tsakane Farmers Association in Xai-Xai, Mozambique, where they have applied for their own land after resisting a large-scale rice plantation. (Credit: Justiça Ambiental)

Originally Published on Food Tank, Friday, October 26, 2018

(also available in Portuguese)

On July 26, 2018, farmers in Xai-Xai, Mozambique, achieved a milestone. They met to formalize their new farmers’ association, elect leaders, and...

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