Land grab worsening hunger in Africa

2011-06-01 21:18

Nairobi - An aid group is warning that decades of progress against hunger in Africa is being reversed by rising food prices, chronic droughts and "unfair" land policies.

Oxfam's new report came out on Wednesday, a day after Kenyan police dispersed dozens of protesters trying to hold an overnight vigil to protest rising prices.

Baton-wielding officers scattered protesters on the road where the president and prime minister have their offices.

Dinah Awuor Agar, the president of a group of low-wage workers known as the People's Parliament, says the protest was over the rising cost of living, an issue that has sparked recent protests in other African countries.

Oxfam says rich nations, transnational corporations and local elites are grabbing land needed for food production.

  • james4usa - 2011-06-02 00:22

    What do these morons think is happening in the US. The Ave Family is Spending $168 A MONTH more on petrol, $120 more on Groceries than 12 months ago.

  • Joe - 2011-06-02 04:04

    Let them africans grab all the land they want; it'll just speed up their deserved demise. Once they're gone for good, we'll come back and make a roaring success of Africa.

  • BigD - 2011-06-02 06:47

    Countries that did land grabs and that are now hungry should not get food aid.

  • PikeLee - 2011-06-02 07:08

    Strange how the govt actually knows how detrimental these land grabs are, and yet they insist on it. Only obvious thing I can think of is that it is for selfish reasons. They will be long gone, living off the millions they made whilst the rest suffer the consequences, and that they use these policies to stay in power, by keeping the masses happy with promises of free land. Very short sighted and irresponsible. Zimbabwe is the best example in existence, and yet they don't seem to take heed of the dire situation. Do these people lack fundamental ability to see that there are consequences for these actions, and if they do have the sense of consequence, do they care?

  • Fairgame - 2011-06-02 07:22

    Keep them hungry, keep them illiterate & uneducated, keep them poor.... and the man who controls the handouts will be a god to them for whom they will do anything as they know no different. A tactic used by many a dictator throughout history it's how they stay in power.

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