Africa reporters have been tracing the aggressive entry of foreign investors
who have leased from Ethiopian government large tracts of arable land. Reporter Tizita Belachew gives an overview of
what some critics have called the "new colonialism."
of Ethiopia's farm development program, Tarekenge Tsege, said large farms are
bringing in knowledge, technology, job opportunity, economic growth and foreign
exchange for Ethiopia. According to Tarekenge foreign investors have provided
375 thousand permanent and 1.8 million temporary jobs so far.
Critics such as Anuradha Mital, director of Oakland Institute charge that these
foreign farm companies never bring food security or development to a
this institute's figures compiled on Ethiopia and other African countries that
illustrate displacement of farmers and threats of land degradation and other
Tizita interviews two farmers in Oromiya who talk about their displaced
overview in Amharic by Tizita Belachew.