Land grabs – Governance panel I: from past to present

Meghan Morris presented the case of land restitution in Colombia as a mechanism through which violence and state-organised land titling are changing traditional tenure systems. Her case studies provide the empirical window through which stories emerge that depict the often complex and ill-defined land restitution system in Colombia. Download Meghan Morris’ paper (pdf)

The growth of soybean production in Paraguay was analyzed by Laureen Elgert within the terms of land-use change, productive scale and the viability of a sustainable solution based on land sharing and small family farming plots. At a global level, governance in sustainable soybean production is being articulated through the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) since 2006 but Paraguay has only registered one producer to date. Download Laureen Elgert’s paper (pdf)

Lastly, international governance structures were understood as a potential opportunity as a counterweight to global capital in transnational land exchanges. Matias Margulis asserted that land is now crossing borders and being traded for the first time in the post-WW II era. Download Matias Margulis’ paper (pdf)

Following the presentations, a discussion explored the role of governance between scales as a way to mitigate land dispossession and displacement.

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