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World Bank to Strengthen Focus on Land Rights

Washington – The World Bank will be placing stronger emphasis on issues of land tenure and socially and environmentally sustainable agricultural investing, it announced Monday. The bank, one of the world’s largest development lenders, also formally reiterated its concern over the large-scale corporate “land grabbing” that has affected vast swathes of Africa in recent years.

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EC report on social impacts of biofuels is a whitewash

While welcoming the European Commission’s ambitions on climate and energy presented [yesterday] in a Green Paper, the EC has covered up the negative social impacts of Europe’s biofuel policies by severely underestimating the amount of biofuels-related land grab in Africa and the impacts on global food prices in an EC report also out [yesterday], claims international anti-poverty agency ActionAid.

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Cameroonian Farmers Find Justice in Fair Fruit

The fruit farmers in Njombe, a small town in the coastal Littoral Region of Cameroon, learned a life lesson about “making lemonade out of lemons” – or rather “dried fruit out of fruit” when their land was taken from them by the government and leased to an international farming company.

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Mozambican Farmers Fear Foreign Land Grabs

Maputo (Mozambique) – Mozambican farmers’ unions believe that soon land will become very scarce for locals as the government leases more and more of it to foreign agribusinesses – thus displacing thousands of rural communities and smallholder farmers with no official title deeds to their land.

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Sierra Leone: Local communities vow to stop SOCFIN land grab

Dec7

Aggrieved landowners and land-users in Malen Chiefdom, Pujehun, call on Human Rights Commission to intervene against human rights violations by Paramount Chief and chiefdom authorities in Socfin operation area.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abEdrPYqtkA[/youtube]

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Malian Farmers Want Their Land Back

Bamako – A group of smallholder farmers in Mali have turned to the courts to try to recover land they say they have lost to big private investors. The legal action comes as foreign investors are losing interest in Mali due to political instability and an armed rebellion in the north.

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