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07 Aug 2011Addis Fortune
State enterprise sues Saudi Star
Saudi Star Agricultural Development is being sued by an Ethiopian state company for failure to pay for the clearing of land in the Gambella Regional State.
02 Jun 2011Politis
Terres à louer pour cultiver le profit
Dans la région de Gambela, en Ethiopie, des firmes transnationales comme Karuturi Global Ltd ou BHO Agro Plc accaparent des milliers d'hectares, obligeant les habitants à quitter leurs terres
14 May 2011RTVE.es
Documentos TV - Planeta en venta
La crisis financiera de 2008 ha despertado al mundo de las finanzas que ha visto en la agricultura un nuevo mercado. El repentino interés de los inversores por las tierras, se debe a que se han dado cuenta de que con este tipo de inversión no corren riego de quiebra.
03 May 2011ARTE
Documentary: Planet for Sale
Film traces the story of the current mad race for control of farmlands, and the consequences it could have if nothing is done to protect the interests of small farmers and developing countries.
19 Apr 2011ARTE
Documentaire : Planète à vendre
Les crises alimentaire et financière qui ont secoué le monde en 2008 ont eu un effet méconnu du public. Elles ont provoqué une incroyable course pour la mainmise sur les terres cultivables partout dans le monde.
03 Apr 2011Der Tagesspiegel
Landnahme in Äthiopien
Das Klima ist ideal, Arbeitskräfte sind billig und die lukrativsten Märkte sind nur wenige Flugstunden entfernt. In Äthiopien züchten Investoren tonnenweise Gemüse und Reis. Jedoch nicht für die Bevölkerung.
29 Mar 2011Government of Ethiopia
የሰፋፊ መሬቶች ልማት
Goverment of Ethiopia webpage on land lease contracts (in Amharic)
23 Mar 2011Bloomberg
Saudi billionaire's company will invest $2.5 billion in Ethiopia rice farm
The company leased 10,000 hectares in Ethiopia’s western Gambella region for 60 years for $9.42 per hectare annually and plans to lease an additional 290,000 hectares from the government.
07 Mar 2011Yale e360
Agribusiness boom threatens key African wildlife migration
Karuturi's 15 John Deere tractors plough 500 hectares a day on its 300,000 land concession in the Gambella region of Ethiopia. This is land clearance on a gigantic scale.
17 Feb 2011Afrik News
Silence over Ethiopian land grab broken
Land grabbing poses no harm on the environment or on the local community, says Saudi billionaire Sheik Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi who is seeking to expand his farmland in Ethiopia from 10,000 hectares to 250,000 hectares.
15 Dec 2010BBC
Land grab fears for Ethiopian rural communities
A controversial new farms policy has led to a number of arrests and the killings of 10 local farmers, say local activists.
25 Nov 2010
Ethiopia: Land rent contractual agreement made between Ministry of Agriculture and Saudi Star Agricultural Development PLC
Covers 10,000 ha in Gambela Regional State for the production of rice, for an initial period of 50 years, with option for renewal.

SIGN-ON: Social movements and civil society organizations are invited to endorse the “Call of CSOs to their governments on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa” by Monday 1 June 2015. 


Human Rights Watch is seeking applicants for the position of Researcher on Women and Land. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing a research and advocacy agenda focusing on the impacts of large-scale international land acquisitions on women’s human rights in Africa and Asia.


The Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles launched in Dakar at the African Social Forum in October 2014 and reworked in Tunis at the World Social Forum in March 2015 is open for signature and engagement.


Who's involved?

27 May 2015 - Paris
Et maintenant nos terres: Première projection
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05 Jun 2015 - Chiang Mai
Land grabbing: Perspectives from East and Southeast Asia
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