Seychelles hotel cancelled
1st April, 2009
A planned hotel in the Seychelles has been cancelled thanks to the protests of locals concerned about their food supply
This article originally appeared in The Guardian
The archipelago country, which is heavily dependent on imported food, has been hit badly by the global financial crisis, with the government forced to seek emergency funding for the IMF. Critics accuse the authorities of ignoring food concerns by offering arable land to foreign investors looking to build luxury resorts.
"The proposed project will not go ahead and the land will remain state property," Jacquelin Dugasse, the development minister, said. "The strong feeling was that we should not stop agricultural development when food security is an issue."
The 20-hectare (49-acre) resort was to have been built by an unnamed foreign investor.
The use and ownership of arable land has become a heated issue in Africa since the global food shortage and resultant...
To view the rest of this article - you must be a paying subscriber and Login
Using this website means you agree to us using simple cookies.