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Leaders seek to stop land grab in Africa

Wednesday October 10 2012

By NATION REPORTER

The Pan African Parliament has proposed radical regulation and control of acquisition of land by foreign investors to deal with the thorny land ownership issues.

The African legislators argued on Wednesday this would help enhance food security.

Two committees of the continental parliament called for a joint and clear mechanism to guide acquisition of land by foreign investors to deal with what they described as “the new wave of investments known for their magnitude as land grabs”.

New target

The committee told the South African-based parliament that Africa’s land was targeted for acquisition because of a presumed abundance of agricultural land, water resources, lack of a land system and failure by governments to “conveniently’’ protect land users.

“It should be noted that the unprecedented land rush has not been subjected to sufficient regulation or control with a view to preventing land grab,” said Mr Henri Gbone, chairman of the committee on agriculture and natural resources in a presentation to the House.

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