September 29, 2011
Oxfam has launched a major new report highlighting the growing pace of land deals that are being brokered around the world, often to the peril of poor communities who lose their homes and livelihoods – sometimes violently – with no prior consultation, compensation or means of appeal.
Preliminary research shows that as many as 227 million hectares -the size of North Western Europe- have been sold, leased or licensed in large-scale land deals since 2001, mostly by international investors. Lack of transparency and the secrecy that surrounds land deals makes it difficult to get exact figures, but to date up to 1,100 of these deals amounting to 67 million hectares have been cross checked. Half of these deals are in Africa, and cover an area nearly the size of Germany (1).
In Uganda, Oxfam’s research indicates that at least 22,500 people were evicted, some forcibly, from their land and left destitute […]