15 African Nations That Are The Most Land-Grabbed By Foreign Interests

Land grabbing is defined as the practice of buying or leasing large pieces of land in developing countries by domestic and international companies, governments worldwide and wealthy individuals. This is and has been a practice of exploitation that hurts natives of that particular nation because it robs the people of resources they could profit from. All land acquisition data comes from the World Bank.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

According to data from the World Bank, 8,250,310 hectares were acquired by China for various purposes.


According to data, 3,281,429 hectares were taken by the United Arab Emirates for grain and wheat production.


In Tanzania, 1,917,749 hectares were acquired. Tanzania suffered the most individual grabs of any African nation, with 41 separate deals that account for plots of land for sugarcane and oil palm.

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