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The Globalization of Food Production: The Atlantic Plantation System and the Origins of Africa’s Food Crisis | EV & N 291 | CCTV



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The plantation system of production established in the Caribbean and the “New World” only succeeded because of the prior organization and effective operation of plantations for food production in Africa.  The food produced on plantations in Africa was needed to feed the slaves held captive in the European forts before the slave ships’ departure and to provision both the slaves and the crew during the long “middle passage” to the Caribbean and the Americas.

As a matter of explicit design, crops from the “New World” — including maize, groundnuts and manioc — were introduced into West Africa by the Dutch East India company, the Dutch West India Company and other European slave-trading firms in order to be grown in large “gardens” to provision this trade.  The Dutch East India Company was the first joint-stock company in European history , and its role is legendary in the development of European capitalism.   Its development of the food-provisioning system for the slave trade constituted an important early example of a multi-national food corporation whose express intention was to create and control food production to maximize profit through the sale of live cargo in the slave trade.

One consequence of this long history has been that ever since the slave trade era food systems in West Africa have been subject to the vicissitudes of demand imposed by its integration into an increasingly globalized world food system.  Any attempt to re-establish agricultural autonomy or promote food self-sufficiency will have to address this long-standing and burdensome legacy.

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Published on Apr 11, 2014

Imapct of Land Grabbing in Sierra Leone

Mustapha Katta
Published on Jul 30, 2015

Showcasing how communities have faced human right abuses and livelihood disruptions as result of Large-scale Land Agribusiness investments in Sierra Leone. This video also highlights incidences of negative impacts of multinational investments in Bombali, Kono, Pujehun, Moyamba and Bonthe districts in Sierra Leone. Over 1million hectares of land has been acquired for bio-fuel plantations and export food leaving whole communities without access to land for local food productions.

BBC World Service – Land Grab Debate Sierra Leone

Published on Mar 7, 2012

Brief excerpt of the BBC World Service Africa Debate on Land Grab. Freetown, Sierra Leone February 22nd 2012

Agricultural Investment or Land Grab in Sierra Leone?

Published on Apr 1, 2012

In 2011, Socfin Agricultural Company Sierra Leone Ltd. (Socfin SL) secured 6,500 hectares of farmland for rubber and oil palm plantations in Malen chiefdom in Pujehun district in the south of Sierra Leone. Read more at http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/land-….

Background: The $100 million investment promises job creation, compensation for lost farms, and construction of infrastructure.

The Socfin investment, however, does not have support of the local population. In October 2011, 40 villagers were arrested following a peaceful protest against Socfin. The struggle of smallholder farmers and land owners in Sierra Leone is a classic David versus Goliath battle.

The grievances made by Sierra Leonean farmers over Socfin’s oil plantations are virtually identical to those made by farming communities from around the world regarding investments made by other Socfin’s subsidiaries.