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by Tom Templeton, Grist in 2012
Investigative journalist and author Fred Pearce has a new book out this week: The Land Grabbers: The New Fight Over Who Owns the Earth, which explores “how Wall Street, Chinese billionaires, oil sheiks, and agribusiness are buying up huge tracts of land in a hungry, crowded world.” Here he answers...
by Rachel Oldroyd, Bureau of Investigative Journalism in 2012
Landgrabbers is a well-paced and thorough examination of the situation on the ground. It is packed with case studies and in the most part rather depressing statistics. But in his desire to cover the global extent of the problem, Pearce’s trek becomes a bit of a catalogue that never quite gets to...
by Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in 2012
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is launching a call for proposal for all interested researchers and academics in its Multinational Working Group (MWG) on a theme titled: “Land grabs and food sovereignty in Africa”. MWG is one of the flagship research...
by Sue Blaine, Business Day in 2012
In a first for SA, a magistrate ruled yesterday that the fishing tradition of a Wild Coast community gave them a constitutionally protected customary right to fish in a marine protected area inside the Dwesa-Cwebe Reserve. This means SA’s legal system has taken a step towards recognising customary...
by Shaheen Moolla, Feike Natural Resource Management Advisors in 2012
A recent judgement by the Willowvale Magistrates Court (Case No. E382/10) in State v David Gongqoze and 2 Others has been reported by, inter alia, the Business Day newspaper as a seminal judgement affirming traditional fishing rights. The spectre was raised that this case allowed for some...

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