Archive for the ‘Land’ Category

Silent forests and famine in east Africa

In Land on November 26, 2011 at 9:33 am

, The Guardian

This article was written by Nobel peace prize winner Wangari Maathai in September, shortly before her death. It addresses some of the main issues she and the Green Belt Movement were intending to raise at the UN climate summit, which starts in Durban, South Africa, on Monday Read the rest of this entry »


Environment Land rights Ugandan farmer: ‘My land gave me everything. Now I’m one of the poorest’

In Food, Land on September 22, 2011 at 10:50 am

John Vidal, The Guardian

Francis Longoli, a small farmer from Kiboga district of central Uganda, is tearful: “I remember my land, three acres of coffee, many trees – mangoes and avocados. I had five acres of bananas, 10 beehives, two beautiful permanent houses. My land gave me everything. People used to call me ‘omataka’ – someone who owns land. Now that is no more. I am one of the poorest now,” he says. Read the rest of this entry »

South African food sovereignty campaigners move to occupy land

In Food, Land on August 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm

by Ronald Wesso, Pambazuka

Furious emerging farmers in the Kareeberg municipality in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province have decided to stop paying rent for the municipal owned land they are farming on. These farmers have been robbed and excluded from land ownership and access by colonial conquest, segregation and apartheid. Now South Africa’s protection of capitalist property and its neo-liberal state policies are keeping them landless still. Read the rest of this entry »

Beyond the genocidal concept of tribal homelands

In Ethnicity, Land on July 15, 2011 at 8:07 am

by Mahmood Mamdani, Pambazuka, 2011-07-14, Issue 539

I became interested in the question of why the old community collapsed after I returned to Uganda from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1979. I spent months reading community files in government ministries in Kampala. I was struck that the debate on the Community unfolded as a debate between states only. I could not locate an independent discussion that cut across state lines. Read the rest of this entry »

Mali: whose land is it anyway?

In Food, Land on January 8, 2011 at 9:04 am

Madeleine Bunting, The Guardian

A new complex of government offices on the banks of the river Niger in Bamako, Mali, is like a wedding cake; pale pink, frosted with decorative detail, its plate glass winking in the sun. It’s called the Administrative City and it was financed by the Libyan-backed Malibya development company. It is a powerful symbol of North African oil money and what it has to offer one of the poorest countries in the world. Read the rest of this entry »