The Road to Serfdom Series
Qatar owns 250,000 hectacres of Australian farmland
- Australia is selling off their farmland to the government of Qatar.
- They are becoming a "Food Colony" for the Gulf Arab state. Farmers will no longer own the land they work. They will become hourly workers of foreign Masters.
Hassad Australia, a subsidiary of Hassad Foods, a company owned by the Qatar government, has recently 40,000 hectares in western Victoria, The Land reported.
The acquisition brings Hassad Australia’s total up to 250,000 hectacres: farmland spread across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia reports Farland Grab.
Hassad Australia chief executive Tom McKeon said that since the company’s establishment in Australia its land purchases have been guided by risk minimising strategy. The lands are distributed across different climes and water regimes over a wide geographic area.
This distribution of risk is not surprising in light of growing food security concerns harboured by Middle East countries. In 2009 Hassad Foods established a 100% subsidiary in Australia, focusing on sheep and grains. In 2010 Hassad Foods announced it would invest up to US$700 million in projects around the world in order to ensure Qatari food security.
And beginning this year Qatari crown prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued a decree to organise the Qatar National Food Security Program (QNFSP), promoting domestic farming.
Securing water intensive crops and a reliable farm productivity formed the pillars of Qatar’s food security programme, though this years announcement may be an indication that Qatar is refocusing on domestic production. (theage.com) (farmlandgrab.org)
|The map shows recent purchases of prime Australian farmland by overseas interests.|
No Property Rights - 1.5 million people in Ethiopia have their land stolen and are re-settled by government force
- The former Communist Government of Ethiopia sells the farmer's land out from under them.
- Five are killed in an ambush as people fight back.
|1.5 million people re-settled by force.|
Virtually all of the Ethiopian villagers interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that their move was an involuntary, forced process. While all villages reported being engaged in some form of “consultation,” it took the form of government officials “informing” people that they would be moved to a new location. Villagers said that in many of these meetings, they did not utter a word for fear of reprisal by the authorities. And their fears were justified: those who expressed concern or question the government’s motives were frequently threatened, beaten, and arrested by police or soldiers. A villager told Human Rights Watch:
"The government came and talked to the village elders and those that are influential. Then the government together with the soldiers and elders called us for a meeting where we were told we were to be moved. There was no consultation or opportunity for dialogue, they were just informing us. Those that spoke up are considered “inciters,” and five of them were arrested from the two villages. They were in prison for between 20 days and one month, and were released on the condition they do not speak against villagization. So either they are silent or they flee." (Human Rights Watch)
VIDEO - Government steals farmers' land and gives it to a company from India to farm. The now landless farmers do not have enough to eat.
By 2013 the Ethiopian government is planning to resettle 1.5 million people. The land that they farmed for centuries will be taken from them and given to multi-national corporations.
The Alwero river in Ethiopia’s Gambela region provides both sustenance and identity for the indigenous Anuak people who have fished its waters and farmed its banks and surrounding lands for centuries. Some Anuak are pastoralists, but most are farmers who move to drier areas in the rainy season before returning to the river banks. This seasonal agricultural cycle helps nurture and maintain soil fertility. It also helps structure the culture around the collective repetition of traditional cultivation practices related to rainfall and rising rivers as each community looks after its own territory and the waters and farmlands within it.
|Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali Al Amoudi, owner of Saudi Star. His company plans to increase its landholdings in Ethiopia to 500,000 hectacres over the next 10 to 14 years|
The Road to Serfdom Series
The world is moving toward a modern form of Neo-Serfdom where everyone works for the all-powerful State or businesses controlled by the State. A world where individual property rights and economic freedom do not exist.
FREEDOM IS VANISHING: What happens when the major employers are owned by government backed investment groups, or your food comes from government owned farms, or your news is delivered by so-called "private" corporations but are in reality connected and interconnected to governments?
George Orwell had a name for it: Big Brother.
Please check out other stories in our Serfdom series.
THE FEDERALIST - "China buys Australia (For Cheap Too)"
THE FEDERALIST - "The Chinese conquest of Africa"
THE FEDERALIST - "China buys New Zealand - The Road to Serfdom, Part XVII"
THE FEDERALIST - "Arab Food Colonies in Black Africa."
THE FEDERALIST - "Chinese colonization of New Zealand blocked."
THE FEDERALIST - "Chinese "Slavery" in Africa - The Road to Serfdom, Part XIV."
THE FEDERALIST - "Argentina fights Saudi Land Grab."
THE FEDERALIST - "LAND GRAB: 160,000 people thrown off their land."
THE FEDERALIST - "China is buying up Argentina."
THE FEDERALIST - "Corporations use Global Warming to steal land."
THE FEDERALIST - "China wants to buy a huge chunk of Iceland"
THE FEDERALIST - "China to buy up Australian farmland"
THE FEDERALIST - "Brazil takes action to protect their farmlands from foreigners"
THE FEDERALIST - "Saudi Arabian "Food Colonies" in Argentina"
THE FEDERALIST - "China buys oil fields in Texas"
THE FEDERALIST - "America is committing suicide - The Road to Serfdom, Part IV"
THE FEDERALIST - "The Road to Serfdom, Part III"
THE FEDERALIST - "Benito Mussolini was right"
THE FEDERALIST - "The Road to Serfdom, Part II"