U.S. Investors, Government Policies Leading Global Land-Grabs

Massive land-grabs are driving commercial agriculture and investment around the world, often at the expense of the world’s small-scale farmers – who feed 80 percent of the developing world.

WASHINGTON --- The U.S. public and private sectors are among the leading drivers of a global drive to snap up usable – and often in-use – agricultural land, in what critics say remains a steadily increasing epidemic of “land-grabbing.” Africa and Southeast Asia are together seeing some three-quarters of problematic large-scale land acquisitions,

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‘Development In Reverse’: How Sugar Drives Land Conflicts Across The World

Driven by rising food and fuel prices and by growing consumer demand, investors have been rapidly expanding large-scale sugar operations.

In 2006, in Cambodia, land clearance began in the Sre Ambel district for a sugar plantation of 18,057 hectares. Nearly 500 families from three villages lost land in the clearing operations. Community members protested, stating they had worked the land since at least 1999 and some of them since as far back as 1979.They say that they were not

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Coke, Pepsi Sugar Supplies Tied To Global Land Grabs, Conflict

A new report is seeking to draw attention to the murky supply lines behind the multinational food and beverage industry.

Cambodia Sugar Cane

WASHINGTON – Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and the broader food and soft-drink industry are failing to ensure that their global sugar supply lines are not facilitating “land grabs,” according to new research released this week. The global sugar industry is thought to be worth some $47 billion, with the food and drinks industry using about half of the 176

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