Check out this interview on Reuters with Nourishing the Planet Director Danielle Nierenberg about land grabs in sub-Saharan Africa.
In Africa, a continent where hunger is a prominent issue, the loss of farm land is devastating rural communities, leaving them without a source of food and without jobs. These land grabs not only affect short term food needs, but also the long-term goal of alleviating poverty and hunger in Africa. Investors claim the land purchased is an unused resource and helping to alleviate global hunger, but with a majority of the world’s hungry people living in Africa, that argument falls short of reality. Often the sales of farm land to foreign countries are not documented, leaving farmers who have worked the land for years, without any notice or any idea where their livelihood has gone.
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