Africa Succumbs to Colonial-style Land Grab

It is being dubbed the second scramble for Africa: millions of acres of land are being snapped up by companies from Asia and the Middle East. (Photo: Indepth Africa Magazine)

Channel 4 News
By Jonathan Rugman
Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Saturday 07 January 2012

Nations like Ethiopia are desperate for the investment. But critics claim it’s at the expense of smallholder farmers – many of whom say they’re being thrown off their land to make way for the large multi-nationals.

Think of drought-stricken Ethiopia and you might not expect to see modern machinery owned by a foreign multinational, cultivating vast farms in one of the poorest countries in the world.

The goal here is simple: to double Ethiopia’s agricultural production and to make it self-sufficient. So that handouts from Britain, America and others are no longer required.

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