Text

Frederic Mousseau 


The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s report, State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012, was released on October 9, 2012. Although one might be tempted to celebrate the decrease in the number of
undernourished people from nearly 1 billion in 2009 to 870 million today, this new report is not a harbinger of good news.

Read More

Text

A new report and film by the Oakland Institute (report in collaboration with Greenpeace International). The Herakles Debacle is the telling of the land grab by this palm oil company and resistance by the local Cameroonians.

Read More

Source: oaklandinstitute.org
Text

Beatings, rape, and torture have become the new normal for many living in the Gambella region of Ethiopia. New reporting by Human Rights Watch (HRW), sheds light on the current living conditions of Ethiopians in the Gambella region as a result of the government’s villagization program. Marred in human rights abuses in the aftermath of an unfortunate shooting that left five Saudi Star employees dead this June, the Ethiopian government has retaliated with arbitrary arrests, beatings, and rape.

Read More

Photo

The communities affected by the Herakles Farms land grab in Cameroon call for an end to massive deforestation disguised as sustainable development.

Watch the video The Herakles Debacle: http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/film-herakles-debacle

Source: oaklandinstitute.org
Photo

Claiming to address a “dire humanitarian need,” Herakles Farms cuts down rainforests to make space for palm oil plantations. We say no more!

Read the full report: http://oaklandinstitute.org/land-deal-brief-massive-deforestation-portrayed-sustainable-investment-deceit-herakles-farms

Source: oaklandinstitute.org
Text

INTERVIEW

A new report from the Oakland Institute examines a controversial land investment deal in Sierra Leone. Pambazuka News caught up with Oakland Institute Policy Director Frederic Mousseau to find out why the report has attracted so much attention.

Read More

Source: oaklandinstitute.org
Link

ACTION AGAINST LAND-GRABBING, April 24 - NYC

Over 1000, 1-percenters are meeting at Waldorf Astoria (April 23-25), for a major farmland investment event that will decide the fate of millions of Africans.

Dubbed as “the next big thing in finance” some of the largest hedge funds, private equity groups, university endowment managers, and other high rollers will meet to discuss how to continue to make money from food and water shortages. The event is organized by HighQuest Partners, a heavy hitter in the hedge fund market of big agro, bio-tech and bio-fuel companies. Entrance fee to attend is a mere $3,000.


These money managers are there because they are promised to make more than 25% return on investments in areas of the world where there exists incredible food insecurity. In 2009 only, nearly 60 million hectares of arable land – an area the size of France – was purchased or leased, 70 percent of it in Africa. It’s impossible to acquire that much of land without the continued taking of land previously held by small indigenous farmers. That number has only been increasing as more and more land has been leased off to companies and governments in Africa – by corrupt dictators, that have no moral qualms about displacing millions from their ancestral lands. On their website, HighQuest partners brag about representing $3.5 trillion in aggregated institutional assets and 25 million acres under cultivation in 2011 alone. This year they are expecting to double. BTW 25 million acres is the size of Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts combined together, OR 11 times the size of Yellowstone National Park.  


Please join in solidarity with food justice activists, Environmental ORGs, OWS groups, African students and communities in exposing these cabal of evil doers -that their “next big thing in finance” is nothing more than the next financial bubble with far more ill-consequences for humanity and the planet.

Day of Action: April 24 2012
Where: The Waldorf-Astoria
301 Park Avenue. NY, NY

Source: thegreenhorns.wordpress.com
Text

Dear Colleagues:

Please find attached an organizational sign-on letter opposing the pending introduction of a new genetically engineered corn resistant to the dangerous and antiquated herbicide 2,4-D.

Read More

Source: oaklandinstitute.org
Text
Photos by David Bacon

South of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota farm workers harvest fruits and vegetables for some of the largest processors in the U.S., including Seneca Foods and Lakeside Foods.  The food shows up in supermarkets under the Green Giant, Birds Eye and other labels.

In Montgomery, many workers live in the labor camp next to the Seneca Foods plant.  Eight years ago, Centro Campesino, Minnesota’s center for farm workers, helped Seneca workers force the company to provide better housing, and a kitchen where they could cook food.  Before that, workers had to use the county park.  In Faribault, Lakeside Foods has another big labor camp.  There Centro Campesino helped workers win a child care center.  Nevertheless, in both camps privacy is at a premium, especially in bathrooms.

Read More

Text

By Tami Etziony

As vast expanses of land in Africa are leased or bought by foreign investors for plantation style agriculture, aimed at exports and bio-fuel production, the African continent faces a threat of water scarcity. These investment schemes are gobbling up arable lands and pose a grave threat to local and regional water supplies.

This plantation style agricultural system aimed at food exports and bio-fuels, requires high quantities of water and thus relies on large-scale irrigation, which is unsustainable in Sub-Saharan Africa. For instance, irrigation for all the land acquired for agribusiness in 2009 used approximately twice the volume of water used in all agriculture in Africa in 2005.

Read More