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According to the 1994 Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, ‘The right to ownership of rural and urban land, as well as of all natural resources, is exclusively vested in the State and in the peoples of Ethiopia.To get around this restriction  since 2004  Ethiopian land has been leased long term to foreign companies, some as long as 99 years, supposedly in the name of development. Eight years on and Ethiopians  are still dependent on foreign aid. The land lease agreements are entered with firms, not countries.They are governed by Ethiopian law . The contracts contain no word concerning the relationship of the firms with the local farmers/pastoralists.  Even worse the farmers are not compensated.  The lack of biodiversity is affecting the ecosystem, due to  the amount of ethiopian indigenous crop grown being nearly halved . .  In 2011, 3.5 million hectares were allocated, while the projected figure for 2015 is 7 million hectares, an area twice the size of Belgium. By way of comparison, 12 million hectares are farmed by the same number of smallholders, who make up four-fifths of the Ethiopian workforce 

Letter to
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
I would like you to stop taking land from Ethiopian farmers

According to the 1994 Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, ‘The right to ownership of rural and urban land, as well as of all natural resources, is exclusively vested in the State and in the peoples of Ethiopia.

You are using the Urban Land Lease Holding Proclamation NO. 80/1993, to allow your Government the right to tender urban land .

Ethiopia is one of the hungriest countries in the world with more than 13 million people in need of food aid, but paradoxically the government is offering at least 7.5 million acres of its most fertile land to rich countries and some of the world’s most wealthy individuals to export food back to their own countries

The Ethiopian government has leased 36 countries including India, China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia , Ethiopian farmers land . In 2011, 3.5 million hectares were allocated, while the projected figure for 2015 is 7 million hectares.

I want this to stop now


Sincerely,