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land-foe The phrase ‘global land grab’ has become a catch-all phrase to describe and analyze the current explosion of (trans) national commercial land transactions. Around the world, various state, corporate and civil society groups have reacted, albeit in different ways.

Some see this as a major threat to the lives and livelihoods of the rural poor worldwide, and so opposes such commercial land deals. Others see economic opportunity for the rural poor, although they are wary of corruption and negative consequences, and so calls for the improving land market governance feature prominently. And, of course, between these two extremes for and against large scale land purchases/sales are a range of intermediate positions offered by other groups.

In this context, in-depth and systematic enquiry is urgently needed in order to have deeper, meaningful and productive debates around causes and implications. FAC research will study the extent, nature and impact of what we define as define as cross-border, large-scale land deals that involve changes in land use and land property relations – through land purchases, land leases, and contract farming.


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December 18, 2013 / Land
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New paper: Biofuels and land rights in Tanzania
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Conference: Agricultural Investment, Gender & Land in Africa
Conference: Agricultural Investment, Gender & Land in Africa
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Call for Proposals: BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies
Call for Proposals: BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies
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Making land deals more transparent
Making land deals more transparent
November 14, 2013 / Land
A new report suggests how land deals could be made more transparent, drawing on lessons from other sectors. In the report, The Possible Shape of a Land Transparency Initiative, Anna Locke (ODI, Future Agricultures land theme) and Giles Henley (ODI)

Register: Food sovereignty, ISS, January 2014
Register: Food sovereignty, ISS, January 2014
November 1, 2013 / Land
The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) is organising a colloquium on food sovereignty on 24 January 2014 in The Hague. Places are limited, so early registration is advised. Full details: Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue - 24 January 2014