Invitation To Land Grab Congressional Briefing April 15, 2013


A Discussion with Advocates & Policymakers

Monday, April 15 at 2:00PM
U.S. CONGRESS: Rayburn House Office Building
(45 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC)


Land grabbing is becoming the single most combative issue in Africa. It involves large-scale land acquisitions by foreign countries and corporations for farming, biofuels, logging and minerals. Unlike land acquisitions in the United States and Europe where purchasers pay the fair market values for land, in Africa unscrupulous deals are displacing thousands of farmers and leaving local communities in abject poverty, while government officials benefit from land sales and leases.



Ms. Terrier is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Partnership League for Africa’s Development (PLAD). PLAD was created to focus on education, health, land-rights and agriculture as the cornerstone to address the human rights problem in Africa. Educated as an economist she is becoming a leading female voice for Africa’s development and governance.


Dr. Ayittey is a distinguished Economist and Professor at the American University, Washington, DC. He is the founder and chair of the Free Africa Foundation and an associate scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Dr. Ayittey has championed the argument that: Africa is poor because she is not free, that the primary cause of African poverty is less a result of the oppression and mismanagement by colonial powers, but rather a result of modern oppressive native autocrats.


Mr. Metho is Executive Director of the SMNE (, a social justice movement of diverse Ethiopians that joint-sponsored with the think tank, Oakland Institute, to produce the Ethiopian portion of the comprehensive investigative report, Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa, published in June 2011. Mr. Obang is a human rights activist who tirelessly advocates for human rights, justice, freedom and environment, enhanced accountability in politics and peace in Africa for over 10 years.


Mr. Jacobson works on land grab issues in Africa as a Team Leader for International Forest Policy and Environmental Governance for Global Witness.


Mr. Simpkins is an Africa Expert and Senior Advisor, to Congressman Chris Smith the Chairman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.

Questions: please contact: 301-802-2233 202-406-0911

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One Response to Invitation To Land Grab Congressional Briefing April 15, 2013

  1. koster

    April 9, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    Ethiopia is now under what is called “internal colony” – Tigrai People`s Liberation Front (TPLF) a Terrorist organization is acting as a colonizer and is trying to loot the colonized (Ethiopia other than Tigrai) to develop Tigrai as colonialists were/are looting for the benefit of their Homeland. As we have seen in the last years, TIGRAI is geographically and Population wise doubling and no single Piece of land is sold from Tigrai instead land is taken forcefully from other regions in their attempt to create Greater TIGRAI). On the other Hand the rest of Ethiopia is being sold to the highest bidder when Ethiopian farmers are crying for land to till. This is illegal if there is justice in this world and a cause of contention in the years to come.