Tuesday, June 12, 2012

AFRICA: Land and Water are inextricably connected (Guardian.co.uk)

Africa land deals lead to water giveaway

Africa heads for 'hydrological suicide' as land deals hand water resources to foreign firms, threatening environmental disaster
MDG : Land grab in Uganda : evicted family in Mubende District
Land grabs in Africa: thousands of people in Mubende, Uganda, say they have been evicted from their homes since the government licensed land to the New Forests Company. Photograph: Simon Rawles/Oxfam
Millions of people will lose access to traditional sources of water because of "land grabs" in Africa, according to a report on Monday that looks behind the scramble for farmland in Africa.
The report: Squeezing Africa dry: behind every land grab is a water grab, shows how land deals, covering millions of acres of fertile lands, also pose a threat to Africa's fresh water systems.
"If these land grabs are allowed to continue, Africa is heading for a hydrological suicide," said Henk Hobbelink, co-ordinator of Grain, a group that backs small farmers.

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