Ethiopia revokes land leases for Saudi billionaire, other investors

VOA News | 28 September 2018

by Sora Halake

Ethiopian officials have revoked land leases in Addis Ababa that were held by dozens of investors, including Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi.

A total of 412.6 hectares of land have been returned to the Addis Ababa Land Bank and Transfer Office, office head Tesfaye Tilahun told the VOA Horn of Africa service this week.

The investors had not acted on their promise to create jobs for youth and help grow the city of more than 4 million, he said.

“All they did was make a fence around thousands square feet of land and left it for years. That is all they did,” he said.

Ninety-five individuals and businesses lost their licenses, Tesfaye sai

Dutch company indicates interest in building cattle ranches in Nigeria

Cownexxion indicates its interest in building cattle ranches in Nigeria on sidelines of meeting between Nigeria’s President and CEOs of Dutch companies at The Hague.

Mr Klaus Struilesma of a company called Cownexxion has indicated the interest of the organization in building cattle ranches in Nigeria. This was disclosed in a statement by the special adviser media to the president, Femi Adesina ,when President Muhammadu Buhari met with Chief Executive Officers of Dutch companies Monday on the sidelines of his official visit to The Hague, Netherlands.

Kaolack: « Les Salins du Saloum » écume les terres des paysans avec la complicité des municipalités

SeneNews | le 06/01/2018

Le maire de Dya Ndiogou Baba Mbodji à gauche

Après l’ire des paysans de la commune de Ndiaffate contre les « Salins du Saloum » qui continuent à mettre main basse sur les terres arables des pauvres paysans pour étendre ses champs de sel, c’est au tour de ceux de la commune de Dya, plus précisément les villages de Ngane Ndiogou et de Sagn Bambara de monter au créneau pour montrer leur désaccord.

The new superpowers in the global land grab and how they operate

The Conversation | 17 January 2017,  by Nikita Sud

Dealmakers: an investment conference in Cambodia. (Photo: EPA/Kith Serey)

Much of the global south – broadly comprising the continents of Asia, Africa, and Latin America – was shaped by colonialism. The so-called “great game” and the scrambles between Britain, Portugal, Belgium, France and other European states were for power, profit and – most visibly – for land.

 Today, new scrambles are afoot from Brazil and Nigeria, to Ethiopia and Indonesia. Once again, land is the prize.
In the past decade, almost 50m hectares of land have been leased or bought from individuals, communities and governments in the global south for the large-scale production of biofuels, food, forest resources, industrial goods, infrastructure, tourism and livestock. A complex network of multinational companies, financial institutions and governments in the north are the key beneficiaries.

Chinese companies invest in agriculture in Mozambique

Macauhub | 15 January 2018

A joint venture between Chinese companies Power China International Group Ltd and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corp. plans to make use of 3,000 hectares of irrigated land in Chókwé, southern Mozambique in the current agricultural season, the Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported recently.   The chairman of the board of the Chókwè Hydraulic Facility told the newspaper that Chinese investors also want to modernise the irrigation system in an area of 1,500 hectares, particularly focussing on growing corn and beans.
Soares Xerinda added that the project had already been submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in May last year, and is now waiting for approval.

CARITAS Ghana holds two-day dialogue on Land Grabbing

By Joyce Danso/ Emmanuel Kwame Donkor, GNA
Accra, Dec. 19, GNA – Mr John Peter Amewu, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, has lamented over the plight of peasant farmers who have lost their lands and thrown into abject poverty as a result of land grabbing. The Minister was also not happy about “galamsey” activities, militating against commercialised agriculture, thereby posing a great threat to food security and water bodies.

Mr John Peter Amewu,Ghana’s Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, has lamented over the plight of peasant farmers who have lost their lands and thrown into abject poverty as a result of land grabbing

Tenure and investment in Africa: Comparative Analysis of Key Trends and Contextual Factors

TMP Systems & Rights and Resources Initiative | 9 February 2017

An empirical picture of the causes and effects of tenure-related disputes between private sector actors and local peoples across different sub-regions and countries in Africa, this analysis details statistical evidence of key trends in tenure-related disputes, including their causes as well as the prevalence of violence, work stoppages, and regulatory interventions.
These key trends are based on an analysis of 32 case studies evenly spread across East, West, and Southern Africa. These “new cases” are compared with a global average derived from the IAN Case Study Database’s 281 cases outside Africa. In addition, we have completed a temporal analysis of some of the key trends to determine how conflicts have changed over the last few decades.

Interview: “Pastoralist women have the capacity to lead”

Photo: Ujamaa Community Resource Team

ILEIA | 19 December 2016

By Madeleine Florin
“After my university education I felt I had to work for change in my community.” Paine Eulalia Mako is a Masaai and a pastoralist in Tanzania. She works to connect grass roots and national level campaigns for pastoralists’ land rights. Much of her work is about empowering women to take the lead and claim what is rightfully theirs. Paine explains why women have been most active in their communities’ recent struggles for land.
How has Tanzanian pastoralists’ access to land changed recently?
There has been a lot of restriction of pastoralists to certain areas of land. There are several factors contributing to this increased restriction. But generally in Tanzania, large scale investment is increasing and this has a huge impact on pastoralists’ access to land. Most of the areas that investors are interested in (for conservation, wildlife management and hunting) happen to be pastoral areas.