Topic and Guests: Land Grab in the African World. The rise of food prices in 2008; increased need for biofuels; mining; and speculation have been catalysts of the modern-day land grab in Africa and Latin America specifically and the rest of the global South. Organizations working on issues concerning land grabbing such as the Oakland Institute, have reported that nearly 500 million acres have been bought or leased often displacing farmers. As Africa Now! highlighted the plight of palm workers in Liberia two weeks ago, multinational corporations have acquired huge tracks of land with little transparency in the transactions in countries such as Colombia and Liberia to produce palm oil. These land grabs have displaced farmers who have depended on the soil for many generations.
Featured on Africa Now! to discuss the issue of Land Grab in the African World is Ms. Binta Terrier, Founder and Executive of Partnership League for Africa’s Development (PLAD). Ms. Terrier in recent years has worked extensively on land grabbing in Africa. Also taking part in the conversation is Mr. Marino Córdoba, President of the National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES). Mr. Córdoba has worked for numerous of years as a human rights activist, with special emphasis on advancing the rights of Afro-descendants in Colombia.
Originally broadcast on WPFW 89.3FM, Washington, DC. Tune into Africa Now! live on WPFW 89.3 FM in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area or visit www.wpfwfm.org on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00PM (Eastern).