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farmlandgrab.org | Convention between Republic of Cameroon and SGSOC

farmlandgrab.org | Convention between Republic of Cameroon and SGSOC | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Contract between the government of Cameroon and SGSOC granting the company control over 73,000 ha in Cameroon for 99 years, for the production of plam oil. SGSOC is a subsidiary of Herakles Farms, owned by US venture capital firm HeraklesCapital.
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Israel Attacks on Gaza: Statement of Protest by the Social Democratic Party of Kenya

Israel Attacks on Gaza: Statement of Protest by the Social Democratic Party of Kenya | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The Social Democratic Party of Kenya (SDP) condemns in the strongest terms possible the on-going Israeli attacks on Gaza (to date Israel has killed over 700 Palestinians including children).
As we speak Shellfire has killed a further 15 people and more than 200 have been injured in an attack on a
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Analysis of the draft #TTIP chapter on food safety, and animal and plant health issues

Analysis of the draft #TTIP chapter on food safety, and animal and plant health issues | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

Trade agreements have a profound influence on how regulations to protect public health and how we produce food are developed, implemented and enforced or not enforced. U.S. and EU food safety regulations in the US and the EU often set the bar for such standards around the world. There is much at stake in the wording of trade agreements, but remarkably, draft negotiations texts remained undisclosed to the public affected by the trade related food safety chapters in those texts. Instead of a public debate about appropriate protections for health and the type of agriculture we want, these negotiations are taking place behind closed doors, and heavily influenced by corporate trade advisors whose employers are the main beneficiaries of the trade agreements. This is a perverse approach to trade negotiations, forcing the public to read between the lines of leaked, partial texts. This leaked draft TTIP chapter doesn’t tell us everything about where negotiations are headed on food safety, but it tells us enough to raise serious concerns. - See more at: http://www.iatp.org/documents/analysis-of-the-draft-transatlantic-trade-and-investment-partnership-ttip-chapter-on-food-#sthash.BEtdbyiK.dpuf

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President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan commissions Olam’s integrated rice mill

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan commissions Olam’s integrated rice mill | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The integrated rice milling facility is situated at the heart of Olam’s 6,000-hectare greenfield irrigated and mechanised paddy farm in Nigeria’s Nasarawa State.
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Congo launches agri-business park in move to revamp farming

Congo launches agri-business park in move to revamp farming | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The government spent $83 million setting up the 75,000 ha Bukanga Lonzo park, where a South African consortium called Africom has been handed the management contract.
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Liberia - communities join to fight the palm oil land grab

Liberia - communities join to fight the palm oil land grab | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Liberia's Jogbahn Clan is at the forefront of efforts to resist the grab of land and forests for palm oil plantations. But the country's President says they are only 'harrassing and extorting' international investors.
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Cash crops with dividends: Financiers transforming strawberries into securities

Cash crops with dividends: Financiers transforming strawberries into securities | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A small but growing group of sophisticated investors and bankers are combining crops and the soil they grow in into an asset class that ordinary investors can buy a piece of.
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Are Indian companies

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India's Ambassador to Ethiopia Sanjay Verma says India's
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The World We've Constructed Is Far Beyond George Orwell's Worst Nightmare

The World We've Constructed Is Far Beyond George Orwell's Worst Nightmare | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Orwell's chilling vision of the future in '1984' is happening today in the form of media manipulation and unnecessary wars.
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Analysis: Understanding organized crime in Africa

Analysis: Understanding organized crime in Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Growing concern about the extent to which organized crime is undermining stability and prosperity on the African continent is galvanizing a search for analytical tools and a clamour for more research to understand the contextual forces at play and how best to undermine them.
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Africa: Understanding Organized Crime

Editor's Note

"We have concluded that drug use must be regarded primarily as a public health problem. Drug users need help, not punishment. We believe that the consumption and possession for personal use of drugs should not be criminalised. Experience shows that criminalisation of drug use worsens health and social problems, puts huge pressures on the criminal justice system and incites corruption. ... We caution that West Africa must not become a new front line in the failed "war on drugs," which has neither reduced drug consumption nor put traffickers out of business." - West Africa Commission on Drugs

Two recent reports, one from the West Africa Commission on Drugs cited above, and the second a report on Organized Crime in Southern Africa from the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, stress both the significance of growth in organized crime on the continent and the need to avoid false solutions such as the "war on drugs" approach that criminalizes ordinary users as well as traffickers. Organized crime is an obstacle to development, the authors of the reports note. But, equally, no approach can be successful unless it addresses development and governance issues. Trafficking in drugs, wildlife, and people, moreover, all cross continental as well as national boundaries, and must be addressed in terms of both supply and demand.

For more background, see the websites of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (http://www.globalinitiative.net) and of the West Africa Commission on Drugs http://www.wacommissionondrugs.org).

 

- See more at: http://www.africafocus.org/docs14/oc1407.php#sthash.AbEIPswb.dpuf

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Gaza is Everyones Concern

Gaza is Everyones Concern | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The ruthless assault on Gaza has sometimes been presented in our media, and on occasion in some solidarity efforts too, as an issue that is solely of concern to Muslim people. It is true that in recent years state politics in both Palestine and Israel has taken on a more religious inflection. But this conflict began as a colonial occupation. It did not start as a religious war and has never been reducible to the question of religion. The assault on Gaza, like the devastation of the Congo or the ongoing disaster in Iraq, is everyones concern. In the particular case of Gaza, the way in which Islamophobia is used to legitimate oppression, is also everyones concern.
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No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory

No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense In International Law Against Occupied Palestinian Territory | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
[In view of Israel's assertions that its current attacks on the Gaza Strip are an exercise in legitimate self-defense, Jadaliyya re-posts an analysis of this claim by Co-Editor Noura Erakat initially published in 2012.]
 
On the fourth day ...
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UN Human Rights Chief: Israel Assault on Gaza Resembles 'War Crimes'

UN Human Rights Chief: Israel Assault on Gaza Resembles 'War Crimes' | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
The United Nation's top official on human rights said on Wednesday that Israel's military assault on the Gaza Strip may constitute "war crimes" for its widespread practice of targeting civilian areas.
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'Resembles..."? Come on, these ARE war crimes

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Israel and Kenya: Narratives of disposability

Israel and Kenya: Narratives of disposability | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Why does the loss of some lives merit more grieving than the loss of others?
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When Wall Street went to Africa

When Wall Street went to Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

A New York tycoon won a sweetheart deal to build a massive "sustainable" palm oil plantation in Cameroon. What followed were accusations of intimidation, corruption, bribery, and deceit. - See more at: http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/23721#sthash.1vi9YGrg.dpuf

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African overdrive: Move to widen Indian investments in continent

African overdrive: Move to widen Indian investments in continent | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
A delegation of the Confederation of Indian Industry is in Ethiopia to meet with the Agriculture Investment and Land Administration Agency and other government agencies to discuss business opportunities.
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Olam to invest $100m in commercial rice production

Olam to invest $100m in commercial rice production | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Olam reveals plans to expand its rice farm in Nigeria to 10,000 hectares.
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Japan’s Nitori postpones construction of textile complex in Mozambique

Japan’s Nitori postpones construction of textile complex in Mozambique | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Japanese company drops plans to establish a 4,000 ha cotton farm in Mozambique's Nampula Province, within the Nacala Corridor.
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Reclaiming Free Prior and Informed Consent in the context of global land grabs

Reclaiming Free Prior and Informed Consent in the context of global land grabs | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Will FPIC ‘help’ or ‘hurt’ the cause of agrarian justice? The dilemmas and challenges of using FPIC are already surfacing and warrant closer attention.
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When Wall Street Went to Africa

When Wall Street Went to Africa | Daraja.net | Scoop.it

 

                                             INVESTIGATION
                                  Foreign Policy, July 11, 2014
                       WHEN WALL STREET WENT TO AFRICA
A New York tycoon won a sweetheart deal to build a massive "sustainable" palm oil plantation in Cameroon. What followed were accusations of intimidation, corruption, bribery, and deceit.
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/07/11/bruce_wrobel_cameroon_palm_oil_herakles_greenpeace_logging

 

 

 ▶ WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORPORATE PALM OIL -- IN ONE SHORT VIDEO -- DEFORESTATION, ECOCIDE http://sco.lt/6ni33R

 

 ▶ MAJOR PALM OIL COMPANIES ACCUSED OF ECOCIDE, BREAKING ETHICAL PROMISES IN ASIA AND AFRICA http://sco.lt/7DsLLd

 

                               SPECIAL ISSUE:  PAMBAZUKA NEWS

                            GMOs, FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AND AFRICA

                                      http://www.pambazuka.org/en/

 

                                                 AFRICA - SOLD:

OBAMA PUTS G8, BIG 6 BIOTECH CHEMICAL GMO GIANTS IN CHARGE OF "ENDING HUNGER" IN AFRICA http://sco.lt/7ENN8D

 

 

Guardian, May 28, 2014
  ▶CORPORATE STRANGLEHOLD OF FARMLAND A RISK TO WORLD FOOD SECURITY, STUDY SAYS. Small farmers are being squeezed out as mega-farms and plantations gobble up their land http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/28/farmland-food-security-small-farmers

 

 Action Aid Report, May 23, 2014
  ▶ GLOBAL POLICIES ENCOURAGE LAND GRABBING AND WORSEN HUNGER AND POVERTY. “Allowing land to become vehicles for wealthy corporations and individuals to become richer while pushing vulnerable rural people into poverty and hunger is unjust, unwise and unethical,” it said in the report.  http://www.trust.org/item/20140523061928-bn12w/

 

 Modern Farmer, February 24, 2014
  -▶ WALL STREET QUIETLY GOBBLING UP AMERICA'S FARM LAND http://modernfarmer.com/2014/02/wall-street-quietly-gobbling-americas-farm-land/

 

                                                  -- WATCH --

                                                 Documentary:

                                    May 3, 2011 FarmlandGrab
- ▶ "PLANET FOR SALE" BIG AG BUYING UP WORLD'S FERTILE LAND http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/18542

 

 ▶ WALL STREET, CORPORATIONS BUYING UP AMERICAN & FOREIGN FARMLAND, THREATENING FUTURE OF U.S. AND WORLD AGRICULTURE http://sco.lt/8mcmbR

 

                                                            VIDEO:

FOREIGN CORPORATIONS DESTROYING ECOSYSTEMS, INDIGENOUS LIVELIHOODS, NULLIFYING LAND RIGHTS, CREATING A CULTURE OF DEPENDENCY http://sco.lt/4l725B

 

▶ LAND GRABS:  HOW FOREIGN  "INVESTMENTS" ARE REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH, LAND AND WATER ACROSS THE GLOBE http://sco.lt/5YJpKb

 

 

                                   THE NEW CORPORATE COLONIALISM.

DESTRUCTION OF PLANETARY LIFE IN THE NAME OF "GROWTH"

                                                http://sco.lt/696Tlx

 

                   FINANCIALIZING NATURE COULD BANKRUPT US ALL. 

                            OLD ECONOMICS OR SUSTAINING POLICY?

                                                   sco.lt/8fNIET

 

 ▶ WORLD BANK AND UN CARBON OFFSET SCHEME 'COMPLICIT' IN GENOCIDAL LAND GRABS  http://sco.lt/5IxW2j

 

-▶ SHOULD COMPANIES COMPENSATE SOCIETY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION FROM WHICH THEY PROFIT? http://sco.lt/72Hsf3

 

 ▶ BIOFUELS LAND RUSH. WHY POVERTY? THE UGLY RISE OF MONOCULTURE FARMING AND GLOBALIZED FOOD http://sco.lt/5z3gzB

 

                                            ENOUGHNESS: 

               WESTERN THOUGHT vs INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY

                                       http://sco.lt/4kcNH7

 

                              AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD

                                       The Natural Eye Project

http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/an-urgent-memo-to-the-world/

 

                        THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US. 

                                       CAN HUMANS SURVIVE?

                                          http://sco.lt/630INt

 

                                                   WATCH

                                                   "HOME"

                                       Yann Arthus-Bertrand

                An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet

                             Solutions For A Sustainable Planet

http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/home-an-exquisite-story-of-our-world/

 


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African Trade Unions and Africa's Future: Strategic Choices in a Changing World

Key Findings

Unions function in a highly unfavorable economic environment
Protections for workers are not enforced
Unions lack sufficient resources
Growth of the informal economy challenges unions
Women's participation in unions and union leadership is increasing but still limited
Women in the informal sector are vulnerable

Implications

African trade unions must find new ways of organizing unorganized workers, particularly in the informal economy
African trade unions must play an active role in public life
African trade unions must speak out on national and international economic policies
African trade unions must help shape policy decisions affecting workers
African trade unions must step up their efforts to advance women's rights within unions, in the workplace and wider society
African trade unions must intensify dialogue and collaboration across national boundaries, including with unions in other African countries and with regional and global trade union allies

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NGOs and Social Justice in Africa: Social Movements and NGOs

NGOs and Social Justice in Africa: Social Movements and NGOs | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Thembani Onceya: Introduce yourself. Gladys Mpepho: My name is Gladys Mpepho, I am the chairperson of the Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM) in Rhini (Grahamstown). Thembani Onceya: Why did you join the UPM? Gladys Mpepho: The government made me join the UPM. The government has betrayed us, they treat us like we are nothing, they make empty promises and give false hope. My first encounter with the UPM was through Ayanda Kota.  Ayanda was persuading the community in Phaphamani to “toyi toyi’ (march) to demand electricity in Phaphamani. I realised that the only way people can get the government to deliver services in our communities is if we fight because if we don’t fight our situation will never change.   
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Why Black People Must Stand With Palestine

Why Black People Must Stand With Palestine | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Two years ago, a viral video emerged of a Palestinian alumnus named Fadi Quran being pepper sprayed and arrested while nonviolently protesting in the West Bank. As a journalist for The Stanford Daily…
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The Violence of Climate Change in Egypt

The Violence of Climate Change in Egypt | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
In the midst of the revolutionary battles of recent years, it is easy not to notice that climate change is fundamentally changing the Middle East and North Africa we live in. This gradual transformation, much of it already inevitable, threatens ...
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Will the BRICS Bank Be a Game Changer for Africa?

Will the BRICS Bank Be a Game Changer for Africa? | Daraja.net | Scoop.it
Last week Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) announced they are joining forces to establish a BRICS alternative to the World Bank. The BRICS bank will be capitalised to the tune of $50 billion or about the same size as the World Banks loan to Brazil. While the size of the initial capital allocation does not stack up in comparison to the World Banks, this could still prove to be a significant opportunity to change the global system more in favour of the developing world. However, if the new bank is going to be a game changer in Africa then it must invest in structural opportunities to improve growth and development on the continent and develop African confidence.
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