Monday, March 24, 2014
Congress's stand on land-grabbing in Ethiopia
Here are two news briefs from organizations concerned with the issue of land grabbing and forced displacement of people from land to make way for large-scale agricultural investments. Both celebrate language in the 2014 US government appropriation act that expressly prohibits US development aid from going to any project in Ethiopia that involves land grabbing and forced displacement. In addition to other recent news items like Coca-Cola's stand against land grabbing, I hope that this move by Congress is a sign that more and more people are aware of the serious problem of land grabbing and forced displacement, in Africa and elsewhere.