Interdependency of plenty and poverty in Africa
For the first time I took the chance to attent the late afternoon lecture of Prof. Dr. Jürgen Oßenbrügge (Universität Hamburg) in co-operation with Mkindi Abdallah Ramadhani representing the organisation Envirocare in Dar Es Salaam.
The first lecture was about geo-political and macro-sociological aspects of “Land Grabbing” in Africa, while the second lecture precented the case study of Tanzania.
Summarizing, it was very interesting to see that foreign investors from all over the world, but mainly UK and China and Saudi Arabia take african land for their own food security. On the one side, one would think, that Africans lose their land for that, but a statistic shows, that Africa has growth potential without affecting the sub-sistence farming.
The given example, on the other side, has shown effects of those investments which particularly where made by a Norwegian investor, who plants eucalyptus and fir trees, where savanna and grass land was originated. Flora and fauna as well as animal species lose their natural environment. The investor is interested in CO2 emission stocks for the home industry. A German investor, PROKON, also was introduced to the audience, which deals with renewable energy sources.
In addition, another complainment is on the public regulation to fulfill promises made to the previous land owners.