28 Jan '15, 11am

Nigerian farmers face destitution from 300 sq.km land grab backed by UK aid. The Ecologist

Nigerian farmers face destitution from 300 sq.km land grab backed by UK aid. The Ecologist

Local farmers were never asked if they agreed to the project or under what terms they would accept the project, and were thus kept out of a decision that has major impacts on their lives. Farmers in Nigeria's north eastern state of Taraba are being forced off lands they have farmed for generations to make way for US company Dominion Farms to establish a 300 square kilometre rice plantation. The Dominion Farms project forms part of the UK-backed New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa and the Nigerian government's Agricultural Transformation Agenda. Both initiatives are ostensibly intended to enhance food security and livelihoods for small farmers in Nigeria. But a new report published today 'The Dominion Farms land grab in Nigeria ', finds that the Dominion Farms project is having the opposite effect. In fact, the lands provided to Dominion Farms are part of...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2731886/ni...

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