Land in Ethiopia is leased to big agricultural countries such as the Karuturi Group, which is the world’s largest Rose producer. Large portions of land are bought by this indian company for agricultural export – in a country that still suffers from hunger and is dependent from foreign food support. The contracts between companies like the Karuturi Global Ltd and the Ethopian government are kept secret. The local farmers are abandoned from their land as it is not privately owned but belongs to the government of Ethiopia. Companies like Karturi expand and profit from this situation on the back of the local farmers and community management. Land is leased cheaply, machines and equipment is imported without customs and the crops are exported.
Globalization reaches its new peak: An indian company produces roses which need a lot irrigation in Ethiopia (and Kenia) which are exported to Europe.
Episode aus der Dokumentation “Hunger in Ostafrika – ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit” von Werner Zeppenfeld, Peter Schreiber u.a.