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  • Most Disputes Involving Private Investments In Africa Relate To Land Rights, Report Says

    By 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.

  • Liberia Clan Fights Palm Oil Land Grab, Accused of Harassing Investors

    By Makula Dunbar, 1:39 pm

    Liberia’s Jogbahn Clan is at the forefront of efforts to resist the grab of Indigenous Peoples’ land and forests for palm oil plantations. But according to the country’s President, they are only ‘harassing and extorting’ international investors. “They refuse to talk to us about our land business. Because we are standing here, are we not people? We are somebody.”

  • East African Corn Surplus Expected In 2013

    By Dana Sanchez, 3:41 pm

    In 2012, East Africa had a deficit in corn production. This year, thanks to plenty of rain, it is expecting a surplus, according to a report in CoastWeek. Increased corn production in Uganda and Tanzania will boost supply beyond local demand, Eastern African Grain Council Executive Director Gerald Masila told journalists in Nairobi during the launch […]

  • World Bank Funding Liberian Cocoa, Coffee Crop Revitalization

    By Dana Sanchez, 2:37 pm

    Close to 5,000 Liberian tree crop farmers will benefit from a World bank project, with total direct beneficiaries of 26,000 household members, a report says.

  • Liberian Farmers Fight For Land Overtaken by ‘Indonesian Palm Oil Giant’

    By Makula Dunbar, 8:22 am

    Liberian farmers who survived a 15-year civil war are now fighting lucrative property deals with Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil companies that threaten the land they live on, if not their sacred burial sites.

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