Sometimes the headline writer gets it more than the journalist.
The snappy term “agro-imperialism” doesn’t appear in Andrew Rice’s NYT Magazine piece on the rich buying the earth from under the feet of the poor. Although Rice does mention GRAIN, a dedicated non-profit supporting small farmers and social movements, his article leans heaviest on the side of the capitalist investor who simply wants to “help people” by appropriating their land for factory farming.
“Africa is the final frontier,” Payne told me after the conference. “It’s the one continent that remains relatively unexploited.” Emergent’s African Agricultural Land Fund, started last year, is investing several hundred million dollars into commercial farms around the continent.