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When a President is Encouraged to Stand With his People

Touch the Soil News #875 (Feature photo –Macky Sall, President of Senegal – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) The stories are sad, but number in the dozens every year around the world including Africa. The story line is always similar: Indigenous people – who have farmed the same land for generations – are displaced by large agro-businesses. People die, are injured and villages burned. The stories are so tragic that we have refrained from reporting on them as the violence is often disheartening. In the broader world it is called land grabbing. Only this time, in Senegal, the story is not about local officials and local police selling their people out.…

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The World’s Biggest Land Fight of All Time

Touch the Soil News #523 Emotions are building over ownership of the world’s largest cattle ranch in Australia. The operation contains 10 large parcels of ranching properties across Australia totaling some 25 million acres (1.3 percent of the Australian continent. Currently the operation is owned by S. Kidman and Company, which a few months back reached a sale agreement with a Ms. Rhinehart (a wealthy Australian and owner of Hancock Mining) and a group of Chinese investors. This group is referred to as AOB. The Kidman ranch would be owned 2/3 by Rhinehart and 1/3 by the Chinese investors. The AOB offer is for $276 million. The snag in the…

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