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Karuturi Demands Compensation From Ethiopia

Karuturi is demanding millions in compensation from Ethiopia
An Indian flower grower is demanding millions in compensation from Ethiopia for loses incurred due to the government’s ‘unilateral and illegal’ cancellation of its investment and trade license in the country.

BY NIZAR MANEK | BLOOMBERG

Karuturi Global Ltd., an Indian flower grower, demanded compensation from the Ethiopian government for a series of failed land deals as it prepares to exit the Horn of Africa nation.

The company wrote a letter to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn accusing the state of nationalizing its farming investments and said it should be given “adequate and appropriate” redress. The Sept. 20 letter was emailed to Bloomberg by Karuturi Managing Director Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi. Continue reading Karuturi Demands Compensation From Ethiopia

The Socio-Political and Governance Dimensions of Hunger: Exploring Ethiopia’s Crisis

Ethiopia’s hunger crisis is an emergency humanitarian issue meriting immediate attention and concern. But to fully understand the crisis it is imperative to recognize that besides the environment as an important contributing factor, structural socio-political and governance dynamics, including corruption, the lack of rule of law or democracy, poor governance, failures in long-term planning, and misplaced national and development priorities have influence on the current crisis.

By Fikrejesus Amahazion (PhD),

Food insecurity is one of the most pressing humanitarian issues in the Horn of Africa, and the situation is expected to deteriorate further over the coming months. Ethiopia, in particular, is faced with a massive crisis. According to the European Commission, “[t]he situation in Ethiopia is at present the most alarming, where the number of food insecure people has increased from 2.9 million at the beginning of the year to 8.2 million by early October. It is foreseen that these numbers will further rise up to 15 million by the end of 2015. Rates of acute under-nutrition are well above emergency thresholds in many parts of the country, while the response to this situation is hampered by an important shortage of nutrition supplies. In the worst affected areas in the Northern, Central and Eastern regions of the country hundreds of thousands of livestock deaths are reported.” Continue reading The Socio-Political and Governance Dimensions of Hunger: Exploring Ethiopia’s Crisis

Exposed: Forced Evictions in Ethiopia and the UK Government Cover up

Tribes in Ethiopia starved as dam and land grabs dry up river. EU diplomats reveal the devastating impact of the World Bank-funded dam project to these tribes although the UK government tries hard to suppress evidence of gross human rights abuses on the grounds that publication would jeopardise relations with Ethiopia. (Photo: survival int.)

By Survival International,

The U.K. government tried to suppress evidence of gross human rights abuses in Ethiopia to appease the government there, a new investigation by Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has revealed.

The key aid donors to Ethiopia, including the U.K.’s DFID, USAID and the European Union, sent two missions to the Lower Omo Valley in the south of the country in August 2014, to investigate whether tribes there were being forced off their land to make way for commercial plantations. Continue reading Exposed: Forced Evictions in Ethiopia and the UK Government Cover up

Land Grabs in Ethiopia and the Legacy of Colonization in Congo

How real is Land Grabbing in Ethiopia? Over the past several years, for instance, the Ethiopian government has handed over 1.8 million hectares of farmland, a size equaling nearly 40% the total area of the principal grain-growing state of Punjab in India to Indian “investors” for 70 years. It also turned over 250,000 hectares of land to the Saudi Star Agriculture Development Company for peanuts. Selling hundreds of thousands of hectares of land in Gambella for $1 a year “lease” is a land giveaway fest of epic proportions. How about doing 815 huge land deals with foreign “investors” over a three year period without transparency, institutional mechanisms for accountability, environmental impact analysis and the forced removal of local resident from ancestral lands? That is not only land grabbing, it is also a gross violation of human rights. Truth be told, it is not just urban land and it is not just farmland but the whole of Ethiopia’s land that is on the chopping block!

By The Global African (TeleSUR),

THE government of Ethiopia is planning to give away some 7 million hectares of land resulting in the displacement of over 1.5 million people. On this episode of teleSUR’s original series, The Global African, host Bill Fletcher chats with executive director and founder of the Oakland Institute in California, Anuradha Mittal.  Continue reading Land Grabs in Ethiopia and the Legacy of Colonization in Congo

Britain Withdrawn $4.5bn Devlopment Aid to Ethiopia

DfID will no longer back $4.9bn project that critics claim has funded a brutal resettlement programme. It has been claimed that UK money has funded abuses against Anuak people in Ethiopia

By The Guardian,

THE UK has ended its financial support for a controversial development project alleged to have helped the Ethiopian government fund a brutal resettlement programme. Hundreds of people have been forced from their land as a result of the scheme, while there have also been reports of torture, rape and beatings.

Until last month, Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID) was the primary funder of the promotion of basic services (PBS) programme, a $4.9bn (£3.2bn) project run by the World Bank and designed to boost education, health and water services in Ethiopia.  Continue reading Britain Withdrawn $4.5bn Devlopment Aid to Ethiopia

The Moral Bankruptcy of the World Bank in Ethiopia

Thousands of Ethiopia’s Anuaks in Gambella have been removed illegally from their ancestral homelands and left high and dry and twisting in the wind, courtesy and cash of the World Bank. The World Bank is party to the Crimes against Humanity in Ethiopia. Now we got it. We really do. The World Bank have to make Ethiopia report look good to make themselves look good.

By Alemayehu G. Mariam (PhD),

ETHIOPIANS have been the object of a cruel bureaucratic joke by the World Bank. Last week, an 81-page official investigative report surfaced online showing World Bank bureaucrats in Ethiopia have been playing  “Deception Games” of displacement, deracination, forced resettlement and a kinder and gentler form of ethnic cleansing  in the Gambella region of Western Ethiopia. Tens of thousands of Anuaks in Gambella have been removed illegally and in violation of policy from their ancestral homelands and left high and dry and twisting in the wind, courtesy and cash of the World Bank! Continue reading The Moral Bankruptcy of the World Bank in Ethiopia