The Great Global land Grab
Since the 2007-08 world food crises, driven by financial speculation and the production of biofuels, there has been a major rush by governments, tycoons, hedge funds, banks, corporations, universities and foundations to grab as much land as possible. With 2.5 billion small scale farmers in the world, the great global land grab - 70% of which is taking place in Sub-Saharan Africa - is displacing entire populations, farming communities and indigenous peoples, pushing them into poverty, and often urban slums, increasing food insecurity and hunger. The land which has been 'grabbed' in the past several years in Africa alone amounts to more than half the size of Western Europe, and is creating what may be the greatest humanitarian, ecological, and social crisis ever seen.
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