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Ethiopians parcel out land to foreigners

Sudan is doing it, and so is Madagascar. The Democratic Republic of Congo has done it, and Zambia and Nigeria too. Even Mozambique has done it, and now Ethiopia is going to do it, by offering 3 million hectares of land over the next two years for investors to develop large-scale commercial farms. Countries such as South Korea, China, India and Saudi Arabia have lined up to buy farmland abroad to grow crops for their own folk, enhancing food security. Africa’s poor are concerned that their land will be used to produce a variety of crops, from coffee to cotton, sugar cane to tea, and palm oil to flowers - and fear that they won’t get any benefit. Read more: Reuters, IPS

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