Land Tenure Issues
Cameroun: Des investisseurs américains se déploient dans l'agroalimentairefr.allafrica.com | 13 May 2012
Reçu au palais de l'Unité vendredi dernier, Bruce Wrobel, Pdg d'Herakles Capital Corporation, a fait avec le ministre secrétaire général de la présidence de la République, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, le point du déploiement de cette entreprise dans le secteur du palmier à huile au Cameroun.Le ministre...
MADAGASCAR: Small steps towards land reformIRIN News | 13 Apr 2012
TALATA 13 April 2012 (IRIN) - When officials asked everybody in the commune (sub-district) of Talata in Madagascar's central Amoron'i Mania region to register their land in 2007, it was to be the beginning of a national programme of far-reaching and much needed land reforms aimed at recognizing local mland rights and decentralizing land management. But local authorities had made little progress before the 2009 political crisis, branded a coup by the international community, stalled the process.
La sécurité alimentaire, hydrique et climatique passe par la gestion durable des sols,objectifterre.ulaval.ca | 29 Feb 2012
Après avoir examiné les événements environnementaux marquants de l'année 2011, qui a été une année record au niveau des événements climatiques et météorologiques extrêmes, lAnnuaire du PNUE 2012 met laccent sur les avantages du carbone dans le sol ainsi que sur la problématique de la fermeture et du démantèlement des réacteurs nucléaires.
Corruption undermining land access, developmentThe Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations | 12 Dec 2011
Striking at one of the core issues affecting agriculture and food security worldwide, the findings of a working paper by FAO and Transparency International in more than 61 countries show that weak governance has increased the likelihood of corruption in land tenure and administration, and is intensifying the impact of pressures on land use.
Hidden Lands: Ensuring Transparency in Acquisition and AllocationAfrican Development Bank | 05 Dec 2011
Land carries a powerful emotive charge in Africa. So while some welcome opportunities presented by foreign direct investment in African land, others are alarmed by a new scramble for post-colonial, post-independence Africa.Africas relatively scarce agricultural land is precious, forming only...
AFRICA: Regulating the Rush for Landips.org | 31 Oct 2011
By Jessica McDiarmid FREETOWN, Oct 31 (IPS) – The adoption of international guidelines to regulate so-called land grabs has been pushed to next year after negotiators failed to agree on conditions for large-scale land investments and enforcement.The guidelines, in the making for several...
Africa: Land Takeover Threatens MDGsAllAfrica.com | 15 Feb 2011
The global action plan to achieve the eight anti-poverty goals by the year 2015 may have become a mirage in Africa in the face of unprecedented takeover of arable land across the continent by rich foreign countries and businessmen. In what is now dubbed 'land rush', the systematic takeovers are equally posing serious threat to major new commitments for women and children's rights and other initiatives against hunger and disease.
Farmers are key to climate change but poor policy is locking them outfeedproxy.google.com | 10 Feb 2011
Agricultural productivity across Africa has plummeted greatly as a result of climate change, pointing to future food crises on the continent. According to the Worldwatch Institute, a New York-based environment research organisation, there is an urgent need for sweeping policy changes on the continent to combat worsening weather patterns.
The small print behind African land grabsGuardian Unlimited | 01 Feb 2011
A new report analyses the contracts behind the buy-up of millions of hectares of African farmland. Invest in land, goes the old saw, they're not making it any more. And, as we have reported, many rich countries and companies are doing just that in the developing world. Partly it's about making money, partly it's about securing food in a world where that commodity is looking harder to come by. So are the deals being struck for millions of hectares, particularly in Africa, transparent and fair?
Africa: Continent Can Overcome Food InsecurityAllAfrica.com | 31 Jan 2011
President Paul Kagame has said that Africa can address the problem of food insecurity, if the arable land on the continent is put to good use. The President made the remarks while speaking at a World Food Program (WFP) event, held alongside the World Economic Forum in Davos- Klosters, Switzerland, under the theme "nourishing people, invest in the next generation".
Kalahari Bushmen win right to landAfrica News | 31 Jan 2011
The Kalahari Bushmen have regained legal access to the water on their ancestral land, following a ruling by the Botswana's Court of Appeal. The bushmen filed an appeal against a judgement in 2010 that stopped their access to the natural water supply in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
New Chinese dam project fuels ethnic conflict in SudanAfricaFiles | 27 Jan 2011
Chinese companies have been given three contracts to construct hydroelectric dams along the Nile River in Sudan. Other Nile River Dams have led to the displacement of thousands of Sudanese citizens. The protests over these dams have been strongly suppressed by the Sudanese government.
South Africa: Land Redistribution Announcement Needs Back UpAllAfrica.com | 12 Jan 2011
President Zuma's latest plan to address stagnating land reform is a positive move, say land and agricultural experts, but clarification of the details, the input of all stakeholders, and government support for black farmers is crucial to its success. Speaking at the ANC's 99th birthday bash in...
BURUNDI: Land key obstacle to reintegrationIRIN News | 11 Jan 2011
After living abroad as refugees for years – in some cases decades – many of the half-million people who have returned to Burundi since 2002 are having to cope with a severe shortage of one of the tiny countrys most precious commodities: land. The issue of access and entitlement to arable land on...
Kenya: A Brand New Constitution, But Can Women Enjoy Land Rights?ips.org | 16 Dec 2010
Mary Kimani wishes her husband were still alive. Holding her one-year-old son in one hand and a hoe in the other, she recounts with bitterness how she and her children lost their livelihood to her husbands family. The road accident that took my husband changed my life completely. That was the end of me and my children, Kimani told IPS. She was married for seven years and, together with her late husband, worked hard to own land, a house and a vehicle.
Food Versus Biofuels Debate Continuesips.org | 16 Dec 2010
Were going to Cancún no better off than we were in Copenhagen, said Thuli Makama, the director of Friends of the Earth Swaziland, as she prepared to leave for the climate negotiations in Mexico. Makama is worried about one particular proposal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions: biofuels. She feels industrialised countries are promoting the production and use of biofuels to fulfill their energy needs, but this will leave more people in the developing world without food.
Orengo urged to take back stolen landDaily Nation | 10 Dec 2010
Human rights activists and leaders have called for the immediate repossession of grabbed land in Coast. The thorny land issue surfaced during celebrations to mark the International Human Rights Day, at the Makadara grounds in Mombasa on Friday.