The global financial elite through their coporate network have been really busy “unearthing” all the possible means by which they can sustain their wealth. From fracking to racism, and ingenious means of producing malnourishing food sources, all means have been employed to ensure that the earth gives up all it has regardless of the consequences environmentally and socially.
On earthly terms Judgement Day is everyday, but some of us seem to be deaf, dumb, and blind to our miscreations.
One of those miscreations mounts to half the size of Europe, in one term “land-grab” in a country that really needs to get rid of many of its leaders. Some of the deals are just down right naivitie of the many guises of colonnialism. The end result, regardless of the deal, is that the people who live on the lds concerned and/or maintain a sustainable lifestyle pattern from those lands are cast out to homeless, joblessness and despair. The environmental result is land with lower fertility, damaged from modern mass farming techniques (the legacy of Rothschild’s “Green Revolution”) and/or biomass farming for biofuels, or GM crops all the products of which are exported. All-in-all mass scale farming demands a high volume of water which compromises water security in the target countries. Revealed by the Land Matrix project, the grabbers (investors) include:
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
The “investments” is a mixture of private and public, with grabbing countries that provide poor workign conditions for the few they employ on the land grabbed. Then to add insult to injury the nature of the deals can mean next to nothing for the people who will work the land. For example, in the case of Gwit in Sudan, the investing country is Egypt, which has been able to acquire 105,000 hectares of land on a 25 year lease. The compensation will go to the local authority, and it is in the form of a health clinic to be built. In the case of Makeni in Sierre Leone, the investing country has been able to acquire 10,000 hectares on a 50 year lease. The compensation will go to the farmers involved in paddy cultivation. They will be offered training in health, and how to get themselves into more debt by taking out loans, as well as savings, and smallholding – the term “training” can be quite meaningless depending on the nature of the content, and compensation-wise the farmers will only getUS$ 12 per hectare per year.
The length of a lease is a generation – a generation is a long time in which to acheive nothing, and to have less at the end of the lease.
Areas targeted have been:
- East Africa (constituting 45% of all land grabs)
- South-East Asia (19% – 25% of all land grabs)
- West Africa (constituting 15% of all land grabs)
However, a drop in deals has taken place since 2009/10, mainly due to the unwillingness of targeted countries.
Countries that have been targeted include:
- Congo, Republic
- DR Congo
- Philippines (the most targeted)
There’s Water Under that Soil
So, when the findings of the British Geological Survey and University College London (UCL) which have gone to great lengths to map in detail the grounwater supply across the whole of Africa, it is with some ambivalence that that information is received when we still maintain practices that waste what we do have!
Anseeuw, W. et al. “Transnational Land Deals forAgriculture in the Global South.” http://landportal.info/landmatrix/media/img/analytical-report.pdf