Landgrabs in Africa

Touch the Soil News #1186 (Feature photo – Zambia Coat of Arms – Public Domain)

From the U.S east coast – about 3,200 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, is the continent of Africa. The concept of land grabbing has become an international issue. Agricultural corporations, often with the assistance large foreign investors and banks, take over land farmed and occupied by indigenous peoples for generations.

The threat to landownership, legal rights and prosperity for millions of indigenous people does not come in the form of armies or foreign invasions, but organized capital that enjoins corrupt local officials.

Recently, one of the first in-depth documentaries has come forth about the abuses of land grabbing in the nation of Zambia. Unfortunately, the story of Zambia is repeated across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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