The Conversation | 11 May 2016
Participatory community mapping and community land protection can yield tangible results for poor and vulnerable populations. (Photo: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)
by Ruth Hall and Ian Scoones
Four years ago voluntary guidelines on the governance of land and land tenure were agreed at the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome. This was a response to growing concerns about the impacts of “land grabbing” driven by the global rush for investment in the wake of the food, fuel and financial crises in the first decade of this century. Getting the guidelines agreed was a long slog, involving many people. In a new report
we examine what has happened since – and what challenges lie ahead.
The voluntary guidelines represent a unique example of collaborative “soft law”. The UN Committee on World Food Security offered the opportunity for direct involvement of all stakeholders – including governments, industry and civil society. This was a first for this sort of international law-making process. There was both disagreement and compromise, and not a little fudging, but the final document emerged as a globally-agreed platform for action. Given the controversial topic, and the vested interests involved, this was an amazing feat. http://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/26125-next-steps-to-strengthen-global-land-governance
The Namibian | 13 May 2016
Russian billionaire Rashid Sardarov, who bought large tracts of land in Namibia, is among the long−serving clients of Mossack Fonseca, a disgraced law firm known for aiding the rich to hide their wealth in tax havens.
By Shinovene Immanuel
Russian billionaire Rashid Sardarov, who bought large tracts of land in Namibia, is among the long−serving clients of Mossack Fonseca, a disgraced law firm known for aiding the rich to hide their wealth in tax havens. Absentee landlord Sardarov is a 60−year−old flamboyant Russian oligarch with an interest in energy businesses, property, aviation, hospitality and hunting wildlife for fun.
World Development | May 2016
Volume 81, Pages 1-92
China and Brazil in African Agriculture
Edited by Ian Scoones, Kojo Amanor, Arilson Favareto and Gubo Qi
A New Politics of Development Cooperation? Chinese and Brazilian Engagements in African Agriculture
Ian Scoones, Kojo Amanor, Arilson Favareto, Gubo Qi
- Chinese and Brazilian development cooperation in Africa increasingly includes agriculture.
- This involves agribusiness, contract farming, technology demonstration, and training.
- Interventions are framed by Chinese and Brazilian domestic political economies and histories.
- There is no singular “model” of Brazilian or Chinese agricultural development.
- All interventions are renegotiated during development processes in Africa.
Reuters | 6 May 2016
Ali Kaba, senior researcher at the Sustainable Development Institute in Monrovia, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that residents of areas leased as concessions to foreign investors are often evicted without rights to compensation.
By Matthew Ponsford
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The lack of tenure over ancestral lands lies at the root of violent clashes on land leased to foreign palm oil producers in Liberia, a leading researcher said. The eruption of rioting on April 4 on a plantation in northeastern Liberia is the most recent case in more than a decade of conflict over land, with Liberians protesting against big palm oil developments operated by foreign producers.