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land rights: Latest News
Mongabay, 9:25 am
There’s a mistaken belief that Africa is a continent of empty, freely available land open for development. Companies investing in land in Africa feel they can cut a deal with the government, raze the land, and create vast plantations. “No land is unclaimed,” a stakeholder said. “Uprooting communities without their consent from their lands and traditional livelihoods creates conflicts and social unrest.” Most disputes involving private investments in Africa – 63 percent – relate to local people being displaced off their land. These disputes affect sugarcane and palm oil production, mining for gold, diamonds and coal, and green energy to harvest wind and solar power.
Dana Sanchez, 1:42 pm
Sack gardening is helping provide food and income for Africans in urban slums, rural areas and places prone to drought and flooding. A Zimbabwean who worked with AIDS patients has managed to turn sack gardening into an agrarian movement, TakePart reports. Women are producing lettuce and tomatoes in sack gardens for the Marriott hotel. It’s a less physical version of farming for people who can’t work the land, or have no land to work.
Staff, 2:00 pm
Foreigners will be unable to own land in South Africa and no individual will be able to own more than 12,000 hectares if President Jacob Zuma gets his way. foreign individuals and companies will be restricted to long-term leases of 30-to-50 years. Colonial rule and a white-minority government left the vast majority of farmland in the hands of a tiny, mainly white, minority. Since apartheid ended in 1994, the ruling ANC tried to redress the balance through a “willing seller, willing buyer’” scheme, but fell short of its target.
Anna B. Wroblewska, 2:12 am AFKI Original
South Africa recently reopened land reform claims, and new proposals for broader change are in the news. Land reform has been a mixed bag thus far, and the key issue is a lack of firm property rights. According to Aninka Claassens, senior researcher and the director of the Rural Women’s Action Research Project at the University of Cape Town, the early beneficiaries of land reform struggled to turn their properties into productive farms, and the South African government has responded by shifting its focus to productivity and commercial ventures rather than supporting the development of those smallholder farmers.
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