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The Land Grabbers

The New Fight Over Who Owns the Earth
Pearce, Fred (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Reveals the land grab taking place around the world and how corporate and governmental promises about the benefits of development are masking environmental and social destruction and the transfer of wealth out of host countries.
Authors: Pearce, Fred
Title: The land grabbers
the new fight over who owns the Earth
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, c2012.
Characteristics: x, 326 p. :,maps ;,24 cm.
Contents: Land wars
Gambella, Ethiopia: tragedy in the commons
Chicago, USA: the price of food
Saudi Arabia: ploughing in the petrodollars
South Sudan: up the Nile with the capitalists of chaos
White men in Africa
Yala Swamp, Kenya: one man's dominion
Liberia: the resource curse
Palm Bay, Liberia: return of the oil palm
London, England: pinstripes and pitchforks
Across the globe
Ukraine: Lebensraum
Western Bahia, Brazil: Soylandia
Chaco, Paraguay: Chaco apocalyptico
Latin America: the new conquistadors
Patagonia: the last place on Earth
Australia: under the shade of a coolibah tree
China's back yard
Sumatra, Indonesia: pulping the jungle
Papua New Guinea: 'a truly wild island'
Cambodia: sweet and sour
Southeast Asia: rubber hits the road to China
African dreams
Maasailand, Tanzania: the white people's place
South Africa: green grab
Africa: the second great trek
Mozambique: the biofuels bubble
Zimbabwe: on the fast track
The last enclosure
Central Africa: laws of the jungle
Inner Niger Delta, Mali: West African water grab
Badia, Jordan: on the commons
London, England: feeding the world.
Summary: Reveals the land grab taking place around the world and how corporate and governmental promises about the benefits of development are masking environmental and social destruction and the transfer of wealth out of host countries.
Local Note: 15 53 118 133 148 152 172 182 210 242
ISBN: 9780807003244
0807003247
Statement of Responsibility: Fred Pearce
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Land use, Rural. Real property Foreign ownership. Farm ownership. Investments, Foreign.
Topical Term: Land use, Rural.
Real property
Farm ownership.
Investments, Foreign.
LCCN: 2011048308
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Oct 11, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Superlatively researched book, naming the names of those hedge funds/private equity firms and financiers involved with gobbling land holdings the world over. Again, this author, as others, mentions Armajaro Holdings and the fellow who runs it, responsible for cornering the chocolate market - - but fails to mention that Armajaro Holdings and Ward made $40 million because the price went up directly tied to the political/civil problems in the Ivory Coast! [When banks/hedge funds do suspicious investments, there's usually a backstory.] Fortunately, the author does explain those International Investment Agreements (IIA) which gives priority access to the hedge fund/investment vehicle to water over the people and citizenry of the country - - obviously, money changes hands! I agree with the previous comment about organization, but the research overall was top drawer! www.afsafrica.org

Jun 18, 2013
  • kariharrison rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An eye opening view of world real estate deals. It shows the legacy of colonialism while showing you how the game has changed by oligarchs from emerging nations and corporate profits. It paints a picture of governments painfully aware that food security is going to be a problem. The author has done extensive research for this book and is a good storyteller. The only reason I didn't give it higher marks was because the organization of his data did not work for me. I would also have preferred some graph or table data to go along with his analysis.

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