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Ethiopia: NGOs allege Indian companies' investment in commercial agriculture has displaced about 8000 people - warn conflict could increase

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6 February 2013

Indian companies' investments in Ethiopia displace people: Activists

Author: Business Standard [India]

Indian companies that have invested in agriculture in Ethiopia are under fire from civil society groups. The companies have been accused of large-scale land grabbing, which has led to displacement of the tribal population there. About 8,000 people have been displaced in the Gambella region, where Indian firms have bought land in deals with the Ethiopian government, according to Nyikaw Ochalla, director of Anywaa Survival Organisation (ASO)...Ochalla warned the conflict between the natives and investors, as seen in India, could become widespread in Ethiopia, too...Anuradha Mittal, a researcher with the Oakland Institute, alleged these land deals could not be traced on government records, as there was no transparency on these. “These are dealings that the government would not talk about openly,” she said.

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