Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab –

Africa at the mercci of investors abroad – Bahrain firm signs key India agricultur deal- investors seeing farmland as safer bet than stocks … etc.

Linked with World Bank land grab report: Beyond smoke and mirrors, and with Jean Ziegler – Switzerland and its links.

This blog contains mainly news reports about the global rush to buy up or lease farmlands abroad as a strategy to secure basic food supplies or simply for profit. Its purpose is to serve as a resource for those monitoring or researching the issue, particularly social activists, non-government organisations and journalists … (about 1/2).

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This blog was set up by GRAIN as a collection of online materials used in the research behind Seized: The 2008 land grab for food and financial security,
a report we issued in October 2008. GRAIN is small international NGO concerned about farmers’ control over biodiversity and local knowledge. We see the current land grab trend as a serious threat to local communities, for reasons outlined in our report.

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