Land sales and African food security

07/27/2011 | AlertNet

The purchase of vast tracts of farmland in Africa by foreign countries looking to secure food supply for their own populations creates additional challenges for Africa in achieving food security, Worldwatch Institute says in a report. Countries from Asia and the Middle East have increased purchases in recent years, with 15 million to 20 million hectares of sub-Saharan African land sold between 2006 and 2009, often leaving local populations landless and unemployed.

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