Patricia Kisare writes about the increasing problem of land grabs in the latest issue of Mennonite Weekly Review. Large purchases of agricultural land, often in Africa, by international corporations leads to economic and environmental degradation.
Dubbed “land grabbing,” this trend is a stark reminder of colonial-era practices when poor countries’ natural resources were controlled by foreigners and a few local elites. Not surprisingly, conditions under which most of these land deals are being pursued are extremely poor and lack transparency.
A growing number of reports have shown that these large-scale land acquisitions promote an unsustainable form of agriculture and are not a solution to the serious food crisis with which we are faced.