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African famine blamed on Chinese land grab

The Local · 28 Jul 2011, 16:06

Published: 28 Jul 2011 16:06 GMT+02:00

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Günter Nooke told the daily Frankfurter Rundschau it was clear that "this catastrophe is also man-made."

"In the case of Ethiopia there is a suspicion that the large-scale land purchases by foreign companies, or states such as China which want to carry out industrial agriculture there, are very attractive for a small (African) elite," he said.

"It would be of more use to the broader population if the government focused its efforts on building up its own farming system."

He said that the Chinese investments were focused on farming for export which he said can lead to "major social conflicts in Africa when small farmers have their land und thus their livelihoods taken away."

"Not everything the Chinese are doing in Africa is bad," Nooke said. "Chinese investment has perhaps an advantage: it will show how industrial farming in Africa can be carried out effectively."

He said that Germany supported a gradual phase-out of European agriculture subsidies so African farmers could have a shot at exporting their produce but admitted that there was still strong resistance.

Somalia is the Horn of Africa country worst affected by a prolonged drought - the region's worst in 60 years - that has put some 12 million people in danger of starvation and spurred a global fund-raising campaign.

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The catastrophe has also hit parts of Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda.


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16:23 July 28, 2011 by auniquecorn
Not to panic, next week Germany's Africa policy coordinator will be blaming some other country.
18:01 July 28, 2011 by Ludinwolf
Dont mess with the chinese, they have power now.

just read that Mugabe, the Zinbabwe's president spend £2M PER MONTH only travelling. .. while, population.. well, better just look at the photo above.

So, all this help from germany and other countries end up where ? who knows?

Now the problem with the chinese... should be veridical and rough here? better not, but i just say one thing, i ve worked with chinese for 7 years... i know how they think.

Africa... is not time yet... better conditions wont be arriving by the hands of other powerful nations, but would thru your own government.
18:06 July 28, 2011 by Zlik
Sounds like a sound thing there, where, it's better to learn from this lesson that industrial farming came be effectively run on Africa's Own continent and governed by it's Own people.
18:15 July 28, 2011 by vonSchwerin
When Western companies want to build factories or mines in Africa under unfavorable conditions for the local population, it's "neo-colonialism." But when the Chinese do the same, everyone praises them and thanks them for developing Africa.

Africans, wake up! The Chinese are going to take advantage of you and destroy your continent so they can have more natural resources!
18:17 July 28, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
"so African farmers could have a shot at exporting their produce "

Arfrica has had many shots! Since the 1970s most African countries were given independence and allowed to govern themselves. Can anyone name a stable, civilized country in Africa? Not even Egypt or South Africa are safe anymore. Most don't even have democracies. The German government can blame whomever they want, it doesn't change anything unfortunately.
22:03 July 28, 2011 by trevzns
Oh, please! Now the conditions in Africa are a Chinese problem.

The present-day conditions of famine and wars in Africa are an African problem, and its up to the Africans to resolve and improve the conditions in Africa, if they can find a way to overcome the Opiate of European and Chinese influence?

The real question is? If Africa has nothing to offer and Africans are poor, lazy and ignorant, why did every European and Scandinavian country, and specificity the German empire lead by Otto von Bismarck organized the Berlin West African Conference also called, the Scramble for Africa?

Pre-colonial Germany was the first European country to build a slave-trading Fort in West Africa in 1682, called the Groß Friedrichsburg.

That Fort was later sold to the Dutch and their slave trading Dutch West Indies Company.

The Chinese of Shandong Province have also experienced the diabolical tactic of German Scientific and economic aid practice of colonization by German Catholic missionaries.

The Chinese are new comers in the game of, the Scramble for Africa.
00:14 July 29, 2011 by zeddriver
Why is it China's fault? Did they come in and steal the land. WHAT! You mean the Chinese bought the land! Me thinks the fault is with the country is selling the land.
00:46 July 29, 2011 by Ludinwolf
there it goes... JUST read again, in a uk news that millions handed out to africa thru charities, are actually funding a extreme luxurious life of african commandants in Paris.

I do my charity work for those who need here in this very country. I did for many years in UK and here will be the same. Sorry, money to africa for me became something that doesnt please me much anymore.
07:31 July 29, 2011 by ChrisRea
@ Ludinwolf #8

Can you please post the link to the article you refer to? Thanks.
09:11 July 29, 2011 by freechoice
i think you guys should be interested in this documentary on You Tube.

When China Met Africa
14:23 July 29, 2011 by Ludinwolf
@ChrisRea, i think its not allowed.

Daily mail dot co dot uk
14:44 July 29, 2011 by ChrisRea
Thanks. Based on your clue, I managed to find the article (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2019890/Billions-aid-Britain-used-fund-lavish-lifestyle-dictators.html).

I think it is not permitted to post more than 2 links in a posting.
17:01 August 10, 2011 by George Palmer
The Africans couldn't organise a drink up in a brewery. Western countries would be better of throwing money down the toilet than at African countries. In our times of economic woe EU money should stay in the EU instead of being stolen by currupt Africans.
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