Protecting the Poor in Africa: An Oblate Sharing Fund Update

Originally Published on the OMIUSA JPIC Blogspot

With support from the Oblate Sharing Fund, our partner organization Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN) based in Washington DC, has launched educational awareness programs about Land Grab in Ghana. Other local based awareness programs were launched following conferences on the issue in Kenya (2015) and Cameroon.

Ghana: AFJN’s Land Grabbing Awareness and Prevention Campaign

Land grabbing is a serious problem across Africa and several developing nations. Large investment firms and multinational corporations make deals with local governments to cultivate lands mostly for crop export or to extract minerals. These deals displace thousands of poor small farmers, offer inadequate compensation to land owners, pay low wages to workers, pollute the local water supply, deprive residents of their natural resources and threaten their livelihoods.