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A Sad Story of a Land Far Away – Corrupt Takings of Small Food Farms

Touch the Soil News #230 Here in America there are established rules, documentation, laws and records that protect owners of land from being dis-placed. In Romania, however, coming out of the Eastern Communist bloc into the European Union has not been an easy transition and documentation over ownership is lacking. “Romania is an example of a ‘perfect storm’ scenario,” says Attila Szocs from Eco Ruralis, an NGO based in Cluj, Romania. “In its transitional economy, where access and control over strategic resources floated from a Communist regime towards local oligarchs and then to corporate businesses, weak national land governance coupled with institutional corruption or passivity paved the way for large…

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