09 July 2012

Article and reports on land grabs

Land grabs are a phenomena happening globally, but primarily in Africa. This is a process when one country, or a corporation lease or buy land in another country for the purposes of agricultural development. Some suspect that this is actually an effort to secure global freshwater resources. Check out the below articles that tell you more about what land grabs are, why they are important for freshwater, and who is involved:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/jun/12/africa-land-deals-water-giveaway
http://farmlandgrab.org/15542

Reports:
From the Earth Security Initiative out of London
http://www.earthsecurity.org/projects/landsecurity/
From the IMF/World Bank
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2011/wp11251.pdf
From SIWI (Stockholm International Water Institute)
http://www.siwi.org/?node=1440
From GRAIN
http://www.grain.org/article/entries/4516-squeezing-africa-dry-behind-every-land-grab-is-a-water-grab