Harvard Endowment Fund Accused Of Land Grabs Causing Denial Of Indigenous People's Water Access

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An investigative report has accused Harvard University’s endowment fund of using an opaque corporate structure to acquire control of farmland across five continents during the past 10 years.

This mmonth's report by two non-profits supporting agrarian and social movements highlights case studies in Brazil where the endowment fund’s land acquisitions have been concentrated in the northeast region of the country. The farmland in this area is described as being grabbed at an alarming rate by agribusiness companies for the large-scale production of commodity crops like soybeans and sugarcane.