Unbelievable Facts About Present-day Ethiopia!
Ethiopia is ranked 157 out of 169 countries in the 2010 United Nations Development Program Index. It is one of the world's largest recipients of humanitarian food and development assistance, it received more than 700,000 tones of food and £1.8bn in aid last year, but the country has given three million hectares of land to foreign corporations.
There are not only mechanisms in place to ensure that these investments contribute to improve food security, but there are also numerous incentives to ensure that food production is exported out of the country, providing foreign exchange for the country.
In lowland areas on the border with South Sudan, in the Gambella region, displacement from farmlands is widespread and the vast majority of locals receive no compensation.
With water being of critical importance in the country and considering Ethiopia’s critical location at the headwaters of the Nile, it is alarming that investors are free to use water with no restrictions.
At the moment, the strategic position of the country, between Europe and the Middle East, and the government's incentives, make Ethiopia the centre of global farmland rush.Adwash protecting and defending his Indian and Arab masters' slave plantation in the Gambella region of EthiopiaDestroying the forest to convert it into rice growing plantationSlave on an Arab-owned plantation in EthiopiaEngineers from Adwa planning on demolishing and deforestation - GambellaSlave on an Indian-owned flower growing plantationHe who owns the land owns the rivers that run through it.