African’s land rights vs. Sustainable development

In the new scramble for Africa, big business is looking for huge swathes of land for agriculture and biofuels. Governments are only too happy to sell it to them, but at what costs to the local people? This 25 minute debate with experts from African civil society groups explores the issue of land grabbing in Africa. The international NGO Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) has released two reports, examining land transactions in West and Central Africa, which have implications for what is happening across the continent. They say governments are often dangerously split, with one ministry moving to protect rural land rights, while another is busy selling it off to agribusiness and mining. But large-scale developments are already planned for nearly three quarters of the country, meaning these rights may not be worth the paper they are written on. Other examples are present in Ghana, where a project converting forest and crop land into jatropha (a plant used to make biodiesel) plantations resulted in harsh migrant-native farmer conflicts over lost jobs and income, along with the clearing of 780 hectares. (PressTVGlobalNews 2013)

Languages: English


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