Land grabbing in Africa: what is it all about?
Land is central to the livelihoods, culture and identity for millions of people across the developing world. But there is growing concern that people’s connection to their land is being undermined. Over the past few years, large-scale acquisitions of farmland in Africa have made headlines in media reports across the world. Lands that only a short time ago seemed of little outside interest are now being sought by international investors to the tune of hundreds of thousands of hectares.
This 5-page briefing paper “Land Grabbing in Africa” was prepared on behalf of CELEP for Members of the European Parliament in July 2011.