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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
Tuesday 12 June 2012 02.00 EDT
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
because of "land grabs" in Africa, according to a report on Monday that looks behind the scramble for farmland in Africa.
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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