Media releases

In this section you can find GRAIN media releases.

"These lands were stolen from us. We come now to take them back and occupy them until an agreement is reached with Bolloré and Socfin." Along with Michel Essonga, 6,000 Cameroonian peasants have had their forests destroyed and seen 40,000 ha of their land appropriated by Socapalm, a plantation controlled by Socfin.

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Media release: Seed laws that criminalise farmers

La Via Campesina & GRAIN | 08 April 2015 | Media releases

Peasant seeds – the pillar of food production – are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries increasingly limit what farmers can do with their seeds. Seed saving, which has been the basis of farming for thousands of years, is quickly being criminalised.

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There is a colonial-style scramble for Africa's farm lands, and Mozambique's peasants are on the front lines. A new survey of land deals in Mozambique shows that since 2006 there have been at least 35 land deals with foreign investors for the production of food crops, covering over half a million ha.

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Farmers in Nigeria's north eastern state of Taraba are being forced off lands they have farmed for generations to make way for US company Dominion Farms to establish a 30,000 ha rice plantation.

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Media release: Africa's land and seed laws under attack

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) | GRAIN | 22 January 2015 | Media releases

The lobby to industrialise food production in Africa is not only pouring money into plantation projects on the ground, it is changing African laws to serve foreign agribusiness as well. This is the main finding of a new report from the civil society organisations Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) and GRAIN.

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Cultivation of oil palms is expanding rapidly around the world. New monoculture plantations mean brutal land grabbing, the destruction of rainforests and the exploitation of workers.

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Karuturi still going down

Tax Justice Network, Forum Syd Kenya, GRAIN, Anywaa Survival Organisation, South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements | 09 October 2014 | Media releases

Karuturi Global Ltd, the Indian multinational that made its name in the global cut flower industry and recently acquired more than 300,000 ha in Ethiopia to produce food for foreign markets, is continuing its painful and massive decline.

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Hungry for land

GRAIN and La Vía Campesina | 28 May 2014 | Media releases

A joint media release from GRAIN and La Vía Campesina on a new report, "Hungry for land", issues an urgent call for land to be put back in the hands of small farmers. The struggle for genuine and comprehensive agrarian reform is central to the fight for better food systems.

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Senhuile director arrested for alleged financial crime

GRAIN, Ndiaël Collective, Oakland Institute and Re:Common | 21 May 2014 | Media releases

Benjamin Dummai, the Director-General of Senhuile SA, an Italian-Senegalese agribusiness project illegitimately occupying 20,000 hectares in northern Senegal, was last week fired by his board of directors and arrested by Senegalese authorities last week. Local media has reported that he has been accused of embezzling almost half a million dollars.

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