Breaking new ground: Investigating and prosecuting land grabbing as an international crime

15 March 2018 – Since 2000, governments, financial investors, and national and transnational corporate actors have been involved in land deals covering over 38.9 million hectares of land in developing countries – an area greater in size than Germany. Conservative estimates suggest that over 12 million people have lost their incomes as a result of the recent land rush – more than a third of the number of people internally displaced due to conflict and a quarter of the number of migrations induced by natural hazards in 2012. Read more…


China, voracious buyer of foreign agricultural land

1 March 2018 – Chinese investment in agriculture abroad has soared to at least $94 billion since 2010, with almost half of that invested in the past two years, according to statistics from US-based think tanks, the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation. Private and state-owned Chinese enterprises have made investments covering nine million hectares (22 million acres) in developing countries as of 2012. But in recent years, attention has shifted to Australia, the United States and Europe. Read more…


Top 10 Agri research projects for 2018

20 February 2018 – A list of ten interesting and important agricultural research projects. Read more…


Food trends could drive production decisions

16 February 2018 – The agricultural sector is about producing, processing and marketing food and fibre to consumers. Although the natural fibre side of agriculture should never be neglected, the largest portion of the sector remains the production of various food products. Read more…


European NGOs call for tougher rules to block environmentally damaging investments

8 February 2018 – The EU must urgently develop new financial regulations to stop investors backing projects that result in harmful consequences such as land-grabbing, human rights violations or higher greenhouse gas emissions, according to a group of leading NGOs. Read more…


Agricultural education and training: The landscape, challenges and opportunities

6 February 2018 – Agriculture in Africa characteristically has a huge gulf between commercial and subsistence (resource-poor) farming that reflects in farmer livelihoods. In sub-Saharan Africa, most agricultural production occurs at small-scale (subsistence) level. In South Africa, commercial agriculture produces most of the food, although subsistence farming is the mainstay food source in remote rural areas. Read more…


Land grabbing: An urgent issue for indigenous peoples around the world

1 February 2018 – About 2.5 billion people around the globe, including 370 million indigenous people, depend on land and natural resources that are held, used, and managed collectively. Read more…