Rural Modernity and its Discontents

Reflections on globalization, modernity and the 'civilized' African peasant

Whitestone sub-leasing 1.34 million acres in Sierra Leone

Since 2009, Whitestone (SL) Limited has managed to obtain 13 leasehold titles covering a staggering 1.34 million acres of land in the Bombali and Koinadugu Districts of Northern Sierra Leone … Continue reading

May 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

ILC response to critique

While the ILC refrained from responding to my e-mail, I was surprised to see a public response to my blog post by the ILC Secretariat on the GRAIN blog, … Continue reading

May 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Land Matrix: Ethiopia data UPDATE

I decided to give the Ethiopia entries a thorough run-through and compare with the official dataset. (Note: all pre-implementation projects in Ethiopia are defined as those that have obtained an … Continue reading

May 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

The facts about ZTE in DR Congo

With publication of the Land Matrix by ILC and partners, the inaccurate claims of a 2.8 million ha land deal between China’s ZTE International and the Government of DR Congo … Continue reading

May 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Land Matrix: Much ado about nothing

The International Land Coalition (ILC), in collaboration with prominent international developmental organizations such as the GIZ and CIRAD, recently launched its much-awaited global dataset of land deals, the Land Matrix. … Continue reading

April 27, 2012 · 2 Comments

Forget corporate responsibility, institutions matter!

Corporate capitalists – evil, greedy monsters devouring voiceless African peasants in the name of profit.¬†While the anti-war, anti-consumerism, anti-capitalism, anti-globalisation social movements have becoming increasingly mainstream and the everyday Western … Continue reading

April 19, 2012 · 2 Comments

Wilmar acquires land in Nigeria

The rush for land for oil palm cultivation in the Congo Basin and coastal West Africa continues unabashed. Wilmar, one of Asia’s largest agribusinesses has expanded its African oil palm … Continue reading

April 17, 2012 · Leave a comment