Indian companies’ investments in Ethiopia displace people: Activists

February 6, 2013

Indian campanies land grab

Indian companies that have invested in agriculture in Ethiopia are under fire from civil society groups. The companies have been accused of large-scale land grabbing, which has led to displacement of the tribal population there.

About 8,000 people have been displaced in the Gambella region, where Indian firms have bought land in deals with the Ethiopian government, according to Nyikaw Ochalla, director of Anywaa Survival Organisation (ASO). Speaking on the sidelines of a conference organised by the Oakland Institute, a California-based think tank, along with ASO and Indian NGOs such as Kalpavriksh, Ochalla warned the conflict between the natives and investors, as seen in India, could become widespread in Ethiopia, too.

He alleged the Indian companies had been offered land at almost no cost by the Ethiopian government. “Our backwardness is the only guarantee for the future of the government. But should the Indian government or industry close its eyes to this reality and join the Ethiopian government in exploitation of the people there?” he asked.

He urged the Indian government and industry associations to review the trade policy with a country, which was “ruled by an undemocratic government”.

Indian, Chinese and Saudi Arabian companies are the leading investors in Ethiopia’s farm lands. These companies produced crops such as roses and maize, which were of little food value to the local population, said Ochalla.

Anuradha Mittal, a researcher with the Oakland Institute, alleged these land deals could not be traced on government records, as there was no transparency on these. “These are dealings that the government would not talk about openly,” she said.

Source: Business Standard

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3 Responses to Indian companies’ investments in Ethiopia displace people: Activists

  1. watertank Reply

    May 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    hi!,I like your writing so a lot! proportion we keep up a correspondence extra about your post on AOL? I require an expert in this area to solve my problem. May be that is you! Having a look forward to peer you.

  2. Solomon Dagnachew Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Despite the late myopic dictator wailing of small scale farmer in world podium he had given away fertile lands to foreign investors displacing the indigenous community to fatal malaria infected areas. He had subjected them to systematic genocide-people have since been dying of malaria, malnutrition and lack of medication. The current figure head PM has put his foot on the late myopic dictator shoe and continued the heinous act. One Indian Professor described the land grabbing ‘ The Deal of The Century’. This was the late myopic dictator who some called him Great Leader Of Africa and Pan African.

  3. tazabi Reply

    February 7, 2013 at 1:49 am

    it is time the Ethiopians defend their land and independence. What are you waiting for the Chinese, the Indians, and the Arabs are trace passing. This is not their land. Please Ethiopians rise up and protect your women children, the elderly, and God given land and dignity. This is unlawful and inhuman. You are sufferring dying of hunger and diseases while the Saudi’s the Chinese, and the Indians are enjoying the fruit of your fertile lands. Ethiiopia for Ethiopians not for these greedy, rapist, criminals. I remember the history of India, the Sepos(India soldeirs who used to fight for United Kigdom ) were ruthless murderers. They use to kill their own people for money and to prosper. They did it in Asia, Africa taking orders from their master UK. Ethiopans are not like those nations. They will defend they land and people. like they did away with Italy. God is on your side Ethiopians. Rise up worriors!!! God bless Ethiopia and its people.

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