WBEZ | land grabs http://www.wbez.org/tags/land-grabs Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Behind African ‘land grabs’ by U.S. institutions and universities http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-06/behind-african-%E2%80%98land-grabs%E2%80%99-us-institutions-and-universities-96133 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-06/africa1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A new report from Human Rights Watch says that Ethiopia is forcibly relocating 70,000 indigenous people from the city of Gambella. The reason? To free up land for foreign investment. The report goes on to argue that actions like this, which move people to areas where they can’t feed themselves, are a sure-fire recipe for large-scale famine.</p><p>Today, <em>Worldview</em> delves into land grabs. Entities such as USAID, the World Bank, and major U.S. universities are often the architects behind these land deals, which promise benefits for Africans but can often deliver food insecurity and displacement.</p><p><a href="http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/team" target="_blank">Anuradha Mittal</a>, founder and director of the <a href="http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/" target="_blank">Oakland Institute</a>, tells <em>Worldview</em> how these deals take place. The institute researches how land grabs force farmers out of their homes and livelihoods in Africa.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>To read research reports published by the Oakland Institute, <a href="http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/publications" target="_blank">click here</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 16:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-06/behind-african-%E2%80%98land-grabs%E2%80%99-us-institutions-and-universities-96133 Worldview 2.6.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-02-06 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//episode/images/2012-february/2012-02-06/japan1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>WBEZ’s food blogger <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu" target="_blank">Louisa Chu</a> is just back from a trip to Japan’s east coast, the area hit by a devastating tsunami and nuclear disaster nearly a year ago. She tells <em>Worldview</em> how the area’s restaurants and food industry are recovering. Also, entities such as USAID, the World Bank, and major U.S. universities are often the architects of deals that promise benefits to Africans but fail to deliver. <em>Worldview</em> talks to <a href="http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/team" target="_blank">Anuradha Mittal</a> of the <a href="http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/" target="_blank">Oakland Institute</a> about large, unregulated land deals that take place between Africans, foreign corporations and speculators. She explains how these deals are promoted as a "development" solution for Africa -- though they may hurt the environment and suck resources away from the continent.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 15:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-02-06