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Appropriation, Concentration of Land and land grabbing Worldwide.

  puce News from GRAIN's blog about global land grab.
puce The environmental permit granted to the company Jiuxing Mines S.A.R.L for its mining project in Soamahanina is not acceptable
Collectif TANY

Soamahamanina is a municipality located in Miarinarivo District in the Itasy Region, 70 kms from Antananarivo, the Madagascar capital. Most of the inhabitants have demonstrated since several months along the National Road 1 against a gold extraction project by a Chinese company. But the environmental permit - the last step before the operating permit according to the law - has been granted and the company came with his numerous Chinese employees, vans and heavy equipments. On the 20th of (...)

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puce Rio Tinto's biodiversity offset in Madagascar Double landgrab in the name of biodiversity?

In recent years mining companies have become actively engaged in promoting ‘biodiversity offsetting’ as a way of ‘greening’ the mining sector. Biodiversity offsets are effectively a promise to make up for destroying biodiversity in one location by protecting biodiversity said to be at risk of being said to be at risk elsewhere. In practice, this gives companies a licence to continue with environmentally destructive operations. (…) The Rio Tinto QMM biodiversity offset project in the Anosy (...)

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puce Investment: magic word or trap ?
Michel Merlet

Everyone seems to agree on the need for “investment” in agriculture to fight hunger and support rural development, but the focus is exclusively on investment funds and big business, and nothing about farmers. Is the term part of a disinformation campaign to serve the interests of only a few? Merlet, M. 2012. Investment, magic word or trap. [en] It was only around 1920 that the meaning of the word investment, as we know it today, arose: providing capital to a company so that it may acquire (...)

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puce Endorsement of the « Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure ... »

After a long process of consultation and negotiation that started in 2009 and involved government institutions, the civil society, the private sector, the academic world of about 130 countries and the UN agencies, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) ratified the « Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. ». The presentation of FAO’s website that we reproduce below underlines in a very clear way (...)

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