Our story on the connection between farmland investment and displacement in Ethiopia airs today on PBS NewsHour. In recent months, both Human Rights Watch and the Oakland Institute have released reports documenting the Ethiopian government's controversial "villagization" program.
Both organizations have questioned whether donor money is facilitating the forced relocation of Ethiopian farmers. Ethiopia is one of the top recipients of U.S. aid (more than $1 billion a year). Jan Egeland, Europe director for Human Rights Watch, said it "seems that donor money is being used, at least indirectly, to fund the villagization program."