April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs This panel aims at exploring the blank spot in the "land grab" debate: the concealed but accelerating process of domestic and international large-scale land acquisitions in the transition countries of the former socialist countries in Eurasia.
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs Land deals take many divergent institutional forms, ranging from large estate agriculture based on wage labour, to outgrower and contract schemes, with many permutations in between, (including options for food crop production alongside biofuel feedstocks). This panel explores the varied
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs Evictions and land conflicts in general represent situations in which human rights are very likely to be violated. This is true in all cases where the land is taken without respecting basic international standards such as a prior comprehensive impact
Panel 10: POLITICS – Commodification, Conflicts and Dispossession: Interactions between the Global and the localApril 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs The papers in this panel analyse the impacts of global processes of an increased commodification of land - related to a scramble for land for large-scale agricultural production, the production of biofuels, and tourism - on local contestations over land
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs This panel will consider narratives, arguments and methodologies for investigating the significance and impacts of land deals – rather than focusing on particular empirical case studies. Four contributors tackle this in different ways.
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs Global land grabbing is often associated with institutional processes around formal land titling, either a precondition for the land deals or a result of land deals. This panel will critically examine multiple linkages between land titling on the one hand
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs Large land deals involving a range of domestic and transnational investors are reconfiguring access to resources in drylands in sub-Saharan Africa and presenting new threats for pastoralists inhabiting these environments. The livelihoods of pastoralists depend greatly on mobility and flexibility
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs Land deals have been called 'land grabs' where these have prompted displacement and dispossession, in contexts of weak land rights laws and institutions. The panel combines two regional reviews - of Africa and Southeast Asia - with two more detailed
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs Salient discourses and narratives justify biofuel related interventions in terms of the economic development of "waste" or "idle" lands, alternative energy and climate change. These exist alongside counter- narratives that project a dire food security crisis related to biofuel development.
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs In this panel, presenters focus on land grabs conducted in the name of environmental stewardship. Although most of the attention on land-grabbing has gone to corporate and government buyers, the expropriation or use of land for the purposes of conservation