Tag Archives: Africa

Protestors say London summit pushing global land grabs and hunger

‘Do you realise what your pension funds?’ they ask public JOINT NEWS RELEASE from Friends of the Earth,ActionAid, War on Want, Gaia Foundation, Global Witness, The Land is Ours, Biofuelwatch, Re:Common, Reclaim the Fields UK WHAT?    Campaigners demonstrate outside the Agricultural Investment … Continue reading

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What’s Yours is Mined: How the extractive industries are leading a new wave of global land grabbing

The issue of land grabbing has itself grabbed headlines recently.  Biofuels, so-called agricultural investors, and commodity speculators buying up land have all been criticised for driving a wave of land grabbing and ecosystem destruction in Africa, Asia and Latin America. … Continue reading

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A Climate-Smart Christmas present?

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Farming Carbon Credits a Con for Africa: The many faces of Climate Smart Agriculture

“African Agriculture has been ignored by UN Climate Change discussions!” bellowed the South African minister for Agriculture, Tina Joemat-Pettersen at the high-level launch of Climate Smart Agriculture during the Durban climate negotiations. “We need your ideas to over throw this … Continue reading

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Civil Society letter to Africa: No to soil carbon markets

To: African Agriculture and Environment Ministers  Date: November 22, 2011  Subject: Durban COP17, agriculture and soil carbon markets  We, the undersigned civil society organisations from Africa and around the world, strongly object to a decision in Durban for an agriculture … Continue reading

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The Financialisation of Nature: linking food, land grabs, climate & mining

Rising food prices, land grabbing, biofuels, carbon offsets, mining… In recent years, many of us in the Gaia and African Biodiversity Network (ABN) family have felt as if the threats to communities and ecosystems are not only intensifying, but multiplying. … Continue reading

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Fuelling Africa’s Land Grab

The UK’s target of 5% biofuels in transport fuel really is having a disastrous impact on Africa, in spite of policy makers’ wishful thinking.  As the now-disbanded Renewable Fuels Agency admitted in January, less than a third of UK biofuel imports are currently meeting … Continue reading

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