G8 Urged to Fight Africa Land Grabs

In the last decade, international companies have acquired 11 million hectares of land in developing nations – an area larger than the nation of Ireland.

The aid agency Oxfam, which released the figure, says many such acquisitions are done secretly and that residents only find out when they get their eviction notices. The group is pressing G8 leaders – who are meeting this week in Northern Ireland – to do something to halt such land grabs. One community in rural Swaziland is facing such a land …

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