As land-grabbing has gained notoriety over the past decade, land grabbers have gotten more sophisticated in their methods of sweeping up key resources and forcing conflict. In Tanzania and Mozambique, the World Economic Forum has held up land in agricultural growth corridors as a prime opportunity for international investors. This initiative gave rise to the G8’s New Alliance, led by the Obama Administration, which pays lip-service to the UN’s land tenure guidelines while creating incentives for large scale mechanized agriculture in the style of land-grabbing. What would Africa look like under the New Alliance? What can we do to prevent resource-scarcity related violence?
- Doug Hertzler, Senior Policy Analyst ActionAid USA
- Jacques Bahati, Policy Analyst, Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN)
- Godfrey Eliseus Massay, HAKIARDHI, Tanzania