Land

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.


Latest articles

Corporate land grabs: new journal issue
Corporate land grabs: new journal issue
June 25, 2012 / Land
Future Agricultures researchers have contributed to an issue of the Journal of Peasant Studies on large land deals. 'The new enclosures' examines the implications of large-scale 'land grabs' for property, labour and rights. Estimates of the total area of large

The slippery nature of water grabbing
The slippery nature of water grabbing
June 20, 2012 / Land
Large-scale land acquisitions for agricultural investment, popularly known as 'land grabbing', have recently attracted headline attention.  But the implications of these land grabs for water resources have stayed out of the spotlight until now. A special issue of the journal

Colloquium on Land Grabbing, 11 June 2012
Colloquium on Land Grabbing, 11 June 2012
June 1, 2012 / Land
The 4th Critical Agrarian Studies Colloquium has taken place in The Hague, Netherlands. After a few years dominated by important reports on land grabbing from NGOs and the media, as well as initial scoping studies from some academics, the year

“Green Grabs” journal issue
“Green Grabs” journal issue
April 25, 2012 / Land
A special issue of the Journal of Peasant Studies, published this week, explores the controversial issue of 'green grabbing' – the appropriation of land and resources for environmental ends. The vigorous debate on 'land grabbing' already highlights instances where 'green'

LDPI Small Grants 2012: Recipients
LDPI Small Grants 2012: Recipients
March 16, 2012 / Land
The Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) has announced the awards of its Small Grants programme for 2012.  The LDPI is a network to promote 'engaged research' on the recent explosion of (trans) national commercial and corporation-driven land transactions. Out of

Land grabbing conference, October 2012, USA
Land grabbing conference, October 2012, USA
March 7, 2012 / Land
Across the world, we are seeing a dramatic rise in the extent of cross-border, transnational corporation-driven and foreign government-driven, large-scale land deals unfolding. Such ‘land grabs’ revolve around the production and sale of food and biofuels, conservation and mining activities.

Land in Zimbabwe: Voices from the Field
Land in Zimbabwe: Voices from the Field
September 27, 2011 / Land
26 September 2011 - Ian Scoones Zimbabwe's political crisis continues with political parties' internal divides exposed by Wikileaks revelations, the coalition government at loggerheads on fundamental issues and the prospect of a violent election period in the coming year. Yet

Transnational Commercial Land Deals in Ghana
June 27, 2011 / Land
Joseph Yaro, Dzodzi Tsikata, Marshal Kala, Abraham Zackaria University of Legon, Ghana

Land deals and commercial agriculture in Kwara State, Nigeria
June 27, 2011 / Land
Joseph Ariyo and Michael Mortimore Alma du Bello University; independent

Land Deals in Kenya: The Competing Interests of Investors, Pastoralists and Commercialising Farmers
June 27, 2011 / Land
Research team: John Letai, Abdirizak Nunow, Jeremy Lind Oxfam GB, Moi University, University of Sussex