Land acquisitions in Africa have often been portrayed as a development opportunity or as land grabbing. Here is an aggregated page that displays tweets before, during and after a heated debate on whether land grabs are good for Africa, broadcast live by the BBC World Service from Sierra Leone.
The state does not want to see mass sales of land plots by famers and wants to buy up at least 30% of the country’s farmland, Deputy Head of the State Agency for Land Resources of Ukraine, Mykola Kaliuzhny, has said.
Participants at the International Conference on Global Land Grabbing overwhelmingly found that land grabbing is occurring at a scale and speed as never before, and resulting in widespread displacement and dispossession of rural and urban communities, especially small-hold agricultural producers.
Foreign acquisitions of farmland in Africa and elsewhere have become the focus of concern. Many observers consider this development a new form of colonialism that threatens food security of the poor. David Hallam of FAOs Trade and Market Division argues that investments could be good news if the objectives of land purchasers are reconciled with the investment needs of developing countries.