23 June 2011

Articles Roundup: American Universities in African Farming Land Grab

Articles Roundup: American Universities in African Farming Land Grab:

  • Special Investigation: Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa (Oakland Institute) [This is the main Report]


  • US Universities in Africa 'Land Grab' by John Vidal and Claire Provost (The Guardian [UK], 8 June 2011)
    Excerpt:
    "Harvard and other major American universities are working through British hedge funds and European financial speculators to buy or lease vast areas of African farmland in deals, some of which may force many thousands of people off their land, according to a new study."

  • Western Investors Buying Up African Farming Properties in "Land Grab": Report (International Business Times, 8 June 2011)
  • Excerpts:
    "Some prominent American universities and pension funds, among other wealthy foreign investors, are allegedly purchasing huge tracts of land in Africa -- acts that may lead to the eviction of thousands of local farmers, according to a study by the Oakland Institute (Oakland Institute), a California-based think tank. U.S. educational institutions, including Harvard University, as well as pension funds, are using UK hedge funds and European financial speculators to acquire large agricultural properties thousands of miles away on the African continent. Many of these lands are being taken in order to develop biofuel production, in place of normal food production."

  • Comment by Patrick Hayes on H-Net Online



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