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- Published on Wednesday, 02 March 2011 14:02
Ethiopia: Pastural Land For Sale - Ethiopian Government Is Starting To Sell Pastoralists Land To Foreign Investors
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On 25th January the Ethiopian Prime-minister Meles Zenawi announced that the government is planning to sell most of the local land, which is actually used for subsistence and pastoral land economy, to foreign investors (Chinese, Indian and Saudi Arabic firms). The argument is that local 'wasted' resources should be used to develop the state economy and to be altered into plantation land for sugar-cane in the next five years. But there is no consideration about the interests of the people, which are living and working on this land since long-time for their daily survival. Most of these people are living a local traditional livelihood as agropastoralists.