New Security Beat | 4 January 2016
By Chris Jochnick
A woman in Ghana displays the certificate to her land (Photo: Deborah Espinosa/Landesa)
Who walks away from fertile agricultural land available to lease for as little as $1 per year per hectare?
Recent reports indicate international investors are doing just that across sub-Saharan Africa. Investors began pouring into the continent with pockets full of cash and get-rich-quick dreams built on cheap, fertile, and readily available land during the food crisis of 2007 and 2008. What followed were heart-wrenching stories of conflict and displacement.
Now, some are calling these massive land grabs a myth.