The East African | 21 March 2014
African govts give away continent’s natural heritage, acre by acre
By John Mbaria Special Correspondent
A look at recent land deals reveals a trend seen by some land experts and economists as a “dangerous” grab of the basis upon which the continent’s people depend for survival.
Latest reports by a US-based think-tank, Oakland Institute, show that Western transnational corporations and Eastern countries such as China and India have played a big role in massive land acquisitions in Africa.
Other experts have underscored the importance of linking people involved in conservation and human rights to government officials so that land-grab schemes that are passed off as poverty reduction ventures would reflect not just the concerns and survival interests of the local people but also their ancestral rights to the lands….
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