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eventscatdescipThe Future Agricultures Consortium participates in many conferences and workshops. We also watch for important agriculture policy “windows” and report them here.


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Panel 2 – ENVIRONMENT: Carbon Grabs
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
As global environmental politics, political economies and policies turn increasingly on the imperatives of climate change mitigation, so land and resources in many parts of the world are coming to be re-valued in terms of their potential contributions to reducing

Panel 30: POLITICAL ECONOMY – Dragon in a Three Piece Suit: China Invests
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Focussing on Chinese investment in land and agriculture, the panelists suggest that widespread investment in land from China is relatively new and potentially distinct from investments made by other actors.

Panel 14: GOVERNANCE – Legal Frameworks
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Parties to land deals extend beyond primary lessors and lessees, and may involve private companies, national governments, regulatory institutions, financiers, non-governmental organisations, and local communities, among others. The papers in this panel explore multiple laws, treaties, codes, agreements, standards and

PANEL 25: GOVERNANCE – Restructuring the State II
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
This is the second in a two-panel series (See Panel 19 for first part) . In the series, presenters focus on the relationship between large-scale land grabs and modern forms, ideas or manifestations of the State.

Panel 31: GOVERNANCE – Community consultation and free prior informed consent
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
"Free, prior and informed consent" is an international standard against which community consultation processes regarding land-based investment can be based. This panel explores questions about these notions, with reference to experiences in several countries including (nearly independent) Southern Sudan.

Panel 15: POLITICS – Local Elites
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
The notion of a „global? land grab has drawn attention to the transnational character of large-scale land acquisitions, yet empirical research is suggested a central role played by domestic elites – at local, provincial and national levels – as investors,

Panel 26: POLITICS – Resistance and Mobilization I
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Global land grabbing is politically contested process, partly explaining for its uneven outcomes from one setting to another. The political contestations around land grabbing vary in character, actors, agendas, forms, ideology, politics and trajectory. This panel (one of the two

Panel 32: POLITICS – Resistance and Mobilization II
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Global land grabbing is politically contested process, partly explaining for its uneven outcomes from one setting to another. The political contestations around land grabbing vary in character, actors, agendas, forms, ideology, politics and trajectory. This panel (one of the two

Panel 6 – LIVELIHOODS: Gender
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
This panel will look at gendered dimensions of land deals and large-scale commercial 'land conversions', in terms of the negotiation processes, land governance and authority, and gender-differentiated impacts. The papers present empirical material from case studies in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, China

Panel 17: ENVIRONMENT – Mining
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
The scramble for land is in substantial part a scramble for mineral wealth. While land grabs for food and fuel crops have gained attention in recent years, mining expansion in many developing countries is similarly increasing competition over land. In

Panel 7 – ENVIRONMENT: Constructing Marginal Lands
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
One of the key contexts of contemporary land grabbing is the changing dynamics in the agrofood, feed and fuel complex in the face of multiple crises. The mainstream idea is that there is a solution to these problems, and the

Panel 18: POLITICAL ECONOMY – Intra-regional Land Deals
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Several developing countries are not only the destination of large-scale land deals, but also the source of new investments. South-South land grabbing challenges traditional conceptions in political economy, and raises questions as to whether these arise from or produce different

Panel 19: GOVERNANCE – Restructuring the State I
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
This is the first in a two-panel series. In the series, presenters focus on the relationship between large-scale land grabs and modern forms, ideas and manifestations of the State. The papers highlight the ways in which land grabs shape the

Panel 20: POLITICS – Local Politics
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
A government-to-government land deal is often no more than a framework, under which concrete deals between agribusiness corporations and local government for the leasing of designated areas may or may not emerge. The actual “grabbing” of land – the dispossession

Panel 21: OVERVIEW – Evaluating options: opportunity or danger?
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.

Panel 27: OVERVIEW – Land grabbing and land titling
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

Panel 22: LIVELIHOODS – Pastoralism
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

Panel 1 – LIVELIHOODS: Land Rights
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

Panel 28: LIVELIHOODS – Biofuels and Livelihoods
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.

Panel 12: ENVIRONMENT – Green Grabs
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

Panel 23: ENVIRONMENT – Water
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Are land grabs actually water grabs? Water scarcity is a driver of land grabs. Arid countries in the Gulf and elsewhere seek to produce their food in other countries' endowed with higher rainfall, rather than rely on volatile global commodity

PANEL 29: ENVIRONMENT – Ecologies of Dispossession
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Presenters focus on the way in which land grabs re-shape ecological conditions and functions in various places as well as the way in which notions of the Environment shapes global discourses and structures of land use. All of the papers

Panel 13: POLITICAL ECONOMY – Finance
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
The issue of land acquisitions in developing countries cannot be separated from finance. Investors, whether commercially or strategically oriented, are supplying the new demand that is eliciting supply, sparking great controversy along the way.

Panel 24: POLITICAL ECONOMY – Partnerships and Business Models
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Faced with ongoing challenges of rural poverty and the need to promote national economic development, African governments in particular are looking for new ways to promote external investment in agriculture, increasingly in the form of commercial partnerships with local communities.

Opening Session
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Welcome by Lawrence Haddad, Director of Institute of Development Studies  and keynote address by Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Followed by a plenary discussion: defining the big questions for the conference.

International Academic Conference on ‘Global Land Grabbing’
International Academic Conference on ‘Global Land Grabbing’
April 6, 2011 / Events
Co-organized and hosted by the Future Agricultures Consortium in partnership with the Journal of Peasant Studies and the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI). This international academic conference on ‘Global Land Grabbing’ will be held on 6-8 April 2011 at the

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.

Social Protection for Pastoralists: Just give them cash?
April 1, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Stephen Devereux, Institute of Development Studies Karen Tibbo, Oxford Policy Management

Traditional pastoralist regions during the late 19th and early 20th centuries
April 1, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
African Union Policy Framework for Pastoralism in Africa Dr Hassane Mahamat HassaneDREA, AUC  

Legislating for pastoralism: lessons from West Africa
April 1, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Ced Hesse International Institute for Environment and Development

Structural and procedural properties important in promoting bio-enterprises as alternative…
April 1, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Structural and procedural properties important in promoting bio-enterprises as alternative livelihoods to pastoral and agro-pastoral livelihoods

Index Based Livestock Insurance
April 1, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Protecting pastoralists against mortality losses due to severe forage scarcity Andrew Mude

Moving Up or Moving Out? Commercialization, growth and destitution in ‘high-export’ pastoralist
April 1, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Moving Up or Moving Out? Commercialization, growth and destitution in ‘high-export’ pastoralist areas Andy Catley and Yacob Aklilu  

The Future of Pastoralism in Africa: The Key Issues Based on Sudan Experience
April 1, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Luka Biong Deng Minister of Cabinet Affairs Khartoum, Sudan

Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa: Consequences and Implications for the “Future of Pastoralism”
April 1, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
P. Ericksen, J. de Leeuw, P. Thornton, A. Ayantunde, M. Said, M. Herrero and A. Notenbaert

Seeking survival : The case of pastoral drop outs in Borana plateau
April 1, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Getachew Gebru and Solomon Desta MARIL-Ethiopia (Managing Risk for Improved Livelihoods-Ethiopia)

Diversification, Experimentation, and Adaptation: Pastoralists in Communal Governance of Resources
April 1, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Diversification, Experimentation, and Adaptation: Pastoralists in Communal Governance of Resources and livelihoods Strategies   Stephen S. Moiko, (McGill University, Dept. of Anthropology)

Impact assessment of community-based health workers in the Somali Region, Ethiopia
April 1, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Gezu Bekele, independent consultant, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Andy Catley, Feinstein International Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Alison Napier, Feinstein International Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Adrian Cullis, Former Director, Livelihoods Unit, Save the Children US, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Seeking Alternative Livelihoodsin Northern Kenya
April 1, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Elliot Fratkin PhD  Smith College MA USA Martha A. Nathan MD Baystate Health Center and Tufts School of Medicine Eric Abella Roth PhD University of Victoria CA

Economic Empowerment for Pastoralist Women
March 31, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
A comparative look at Expereince in Somaliland, Sudan and Uganda.

Traditional pastoralist regions during the late 19th and early 20th centuries
March 30, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
African Union   Policy Framework for Pastoralism in Africa Dr Hassane Mahamat Hassane DREA, AUC