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37% of Ghana's Farmland Recolonized
Feature Article | Sat, 18 Sep 2010
Posted by xcroc
In the quest for biofuel plantations, and for export food crops, foreign countries and corporations are grabbing land, "using methods that hark back to the darkest days of colonialism" in Ghana and throughout Africa.
Foreign companies now control 37 percent of Ghana cropland. The spread of jatropha is pushing small farmers, and particularly women farmers off their land. Valuable food sources such as shea nut and dawadawa trees have been cleared to make way for plantations.
A total of 769,000 ha has been acquired by foreign companies such as Agroils (Italy), Galten Global Alternative Energy (Israel), Gold Star Farms (Ghana), Jatropha Africa (UK/Ghan), Biofuel Africa (Norway), ScanFuel (Norway) and Kimminic Corporation (Canada). According to the CIA World Fact Book Ghana has 3.99 million ha arable land with 2.075 million ha under permanent crops. This means that more than 37 percent of Ghana's cropland has been grabbed for the plantation of jatropha.
Read more: http://www.modernghana.com/news/296672/1/37-of-ghanas-farmland-recolonized.html