1000 Farmers Protest Against Land Grabs in Karnataka

From La Via Campesina’s News Wire —————————— 7 June , Bangalore More than a 1000 Karnataka farmers tried to cease the venue of the Global Investors Meet this morning by blocking the main road and disrupting traffic. The police has arrested about a 1000 while the others are still protesting. KRRS farmers have committed to …

World Bank on Land Grabs: It’s All Good Unless You’re African, a Woman, Disempowered, or Poor

The World Bank’s long-awaited report on land grabs is out. I’ve not had time to study it – I only found out an hour ago – but here are some first impressions. First, the Bank doesn’t call them land-grabs. Unable to come up with a suitably technical alternative to describe the process whereby the poor …

Land Grabs and Biofuels in Africa

Pambazuka News has a fine article on how land-grabs in Africa are being driven by the biofuels bonanza in which the man who I idolised in the early 1980s, Bob Geldof, falls even further from his pedestal. More below the fold. Tweet