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Alfredo Bini
Alfredo Bini
Alfredo Bini
Alfredo Bini
Alfredo Bini

Companies from wealthy countries have always sought low-cost land for agricultural production. Today, governments allocate funds to domestic companies wishing to invest overseas. Governments did not provide such support for much of the last century, but do so now in a manner reminiscent of colonial practices.

After the subprime crisis, capital moved to food commodity markets and resulted in price increases. This coincided with a decrease in exports from food-producing countries. States that are typically vulnerable to these fluctuations sought new food security strategies. The Arab states did so first and were followed by others.

The financial risk to the companies is almost nonexistent. Governments, motivated by food security concerns, allocate capital. The EU provides funds to companies that will produce materials that make it possible to comply with “green policies” for biofuel production. The World Bank and the IMF provide funding. Insurance policies lessen the risks related to a country’s stability issues.

These land use decisions are made far from the land itself, and far from the people whose lives are rooted in it. In Ethiopia, more than six million people survive because of UN food aid, while agricultural products cultivated on land leased to foreign investors are exported. A paradox.

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  • Alfredo Bini

    Alfredo Bini

    Alfredo Bini is a photojournalist and has found his own personal form of expression in reportage photography. His work has been on show in exhibitions and photography festivals worldwide. His reportages won national and international awards and are used as debating material for presentations and conferences in public venues, Universities and on TV news programs. He is represented by the Paris based Cosmos Photo agency.

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Land Grabbing

 archive : 2014

Featuring: Alfredo Bini

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