International Conference on Global Land Grabbing

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The first international conference on Global Land Grabbing was organised by the Land Deals Politics Initiative ( LDPI) in collaboration with the Journal of Peasant Studies and hosted by the Future Agricultures Consortium at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, on 6-8 April 2011.

Organising committee: Jun Borras (ISS, Netherlands), Ruth Hall (PLAAS, South Africa), Ian Scoones (IDS, UK), Wendy Wolford (Cornell, USA), Ben White (ISS, Netherlands)

The focus of the conference was on the politics of global land grabbing and agrarian change.

Related conferences

Global Land Grabbing II: The conference was followed in October 2012 by Global Land Grabbing II – the second international conference on large-scale land deals – at Cornell University, USA.

Third Land Grabbing conference: A third international conference, Land Grabbing: Perspectives from East and Southeast Asia, was held at Chiang Mai University in Thailand on 5-6 June 2015.


Latest articles

JPS Forum
April 4, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
A new report has been released to coincide with the conference. The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) Forum on global land grabbing, with three leading commentators, debates the sometimes hidden impacts of land deals and sets the scene for wider

Further Resources
Further Resources
April 4, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
Media Reports The Guardian, Ugandan villagers evicted to make way for forestry company (video) The Guardian, Mark Tran UN expert calls for guidelines to protect vulnerable people against ‘land grabs’ (quotes keynote speaker, Olivier de Schutter) Geographical Magazine A new

Conference Papers
April 4, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
No. Name  Paper title 1 Abdirizak Nunow The Dynamics of Land Deals in the Tana Delta, Kenya 2 Alberto Alonso-Fradejas Expansion of oil palm agribusinesses over indigenous-peasant lands and territories in Guatemala: Fuelling a new cycle of agrarian accumulation, territorial

Policy Frameworks
Policy Frameworks
April 4, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
Much recent policy debate has focused on policy guidelines or principles aimed at governing land investments. A number of competing frameworks exist. There are also opportunities to get involved through e-discussions and petitions.

Media Coverage
Media Coverage
March 30, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
Press release and other media coverage

Further Reading
March 24, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
Global Donor Platform – Land, Investment and Development IIED – Land grab or development opportunity? Agricultural investment and international land deals in Africa IFPRI – “Land grabbing” by foreign investors in developing countries Farm Land Grab .org – Food Crisis

Programme
Programme
January 28, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
Over 100 papers will be presented 32 panels during the conference. Find the full listing of plenary presentations, all papers, plus panel abstracts here.  

Panel Commentaries
Panel Commentaries
January 28, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
Commentaries on each of the panel sessions were provided by participants and are linked below.  

What’s on in Brighton?
January 28, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
A listing of local theatre, cinema, restaurants and art galleries.

Directions
Directions
January 28, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
The Institute of Development Studies is situated on the campus of the University of Sussex, conveniently located on the outskirts of Brighton, close to the Channel ferry ports and to Gatwick and Heathrow international airports, and just over an hour