Land rush: development or neocolonialism?

Today the ‘gold rush’ has become a ‘land rush’. In the last ten years, governments and major investors have been buying large farmable areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Local communities and NGO activists call it land grabbing. The World Bank prefers to emphasise economic and employment growth prospects connected to contracts for the sale or leasing of growing land. The land grabbing we’re talking about in this capsule, in short, is one of the most controversial issues of the moment and Expo 2015 is ready to host this heated debate in Milan as well. We will of course come back to it with more in-depth information and discussion open to the whole of our community. In the meantime, to get a clearer idea of the phenomenon, you can have a look at the landmatrix.org database.

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