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Julia Behrman, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Agnes Quisumbing?
April 13, 2011 / News
The Gender Implications of Large-Scale Land Deals

Elizabeth Fortin?
April 13, 2011 / News
Multi-stakeholder initiatives to regulate biofuels: the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels

Colin Filer??
April 13, 2011 / News
THE NEW LAND GRAB IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA:A CASE STUDY OF LAND-GRABBINGIN NEW IRELAND PROVINCE

Cécile Famerée Peter Ho?
April 13, 2011 / News
LAND GRABBING AND POPULAR RESISTANCE: CASE STUDIES IN THE PERUVIAN JUNGLE

Madeleine Fairbairn?
April 13, 2011 / News
Indirect expropriation:The role of national institutions and domestic elites in the Mozambican farmland grab

Esteve Corbera?
April 13, 2011 / News
A resilience framework for ‘land grabs’ research

Elisa DaVià
April 13, 2011 / News
The Politics of “Win-Win” Narratives Land Grabs as Development Opportunity?

Dzodzi Tsikataand Joseph Yaro?
April 13, 2011 / News
LAND MARKET LIBERALIZATION AND TRANS-NATIONAL COMMERCIAL LAND DEALS IN GHANA SINCE THE 1990S.

The fundamentallyflawed ‘marginal lands’ narrative: insights from the Philippines
April 13, 2011 / News
Our main argument is thatthe narrative about the existence of available marginal lands – defined as thinly inhabited, unproductive, under-productive, under-utilized, idle lands that can be transformed into zones of production for food and biofuels to solve the world’s problem

Diana Fletschner
April 13, 2011 / News
Rural Women and Agricultural Land Conversions in China

Devparna Roy??
April 13, 2011 / News
Development,” Land Acquisition in India, and the Tata Nano Project: A Comparison of Singur with Sanand

Derek Hall?
April 13, 2011 / News
Land Control, Land Grabs, and Southeast Asian Crop Booms

Deepak K Mishra?
April 13, 2011 / News
Behind Dispossession: State, Land Grabbing and Agrarian Change in Rural Orissa

Shepard Daniel
April 13, 2011 / News
Role of IFC in agricultural investment and large-scale land acquisition

Lorenzo Cotula
April 13, 2011 / News
Land deals in AfricaMapping parties and legal frameworks

Tor A. Benjaminsen Ian Bryceson Faustin Maganga Tonje Refseth?
April 13, 2011 / News
Conservation as land grabbing in Tanzania

Hubert Cochet and Michel Merlet ??????
April 13, 2011 / News
Land grabbing and share of the value added in agricultural processes.A new look at the distribution of land revenues

Claude J. Fortin
April 13, 2011 / News
The Biofuel Boom and Indonesia’s Oil Palm Industry : The Twin Process of Peseant Dispossession and Adverse Incorporation in West Kalimantan

Adeline Carrier
April 13, 2011 / News
Economic Land Concessions: a Legal Framework to Legitimize Land Grabbing in Cambodia?

Roosbelinda Cardenas Gonzales
April 13, 2011 / News
After titling: Oil palm landscapes and Afro-Colombian territories

Jefferson Boyer & Wilfredo Cardona?????
April 13, 2011 / News
Land Grabbing in Pre-and Post-Coup Honduras

M. Borras Jr. , Jennifer C. Franco , Danilo Carranza and Maria Lisa Alano
April 13, 2011 / News
The fundamentally flawed ‘marginal lands’ narrative: insights from the Philippines Saturnino

Benjamin Neimark?
April 13, 2011 / News
Biofuel battlegrounds: Property rights, land deals, and alternative energy production in Madagascar

Andrea Bues
April 12, 2011 / News
Agricultural Foreign Direct Investment and Water Rights – an Institutional Analysis from Ethiopia

An Ansoms
April 12, 2011 / News
The ‘bitter fruit’ of a new agrarian model: Large-scale land deals and local livelihoods in Rwanda

Kojo Amanor
April 12, 2011 / News
Global Landgrabs, Agribusiness and the Commercial Smallholder: A West African perspective

Alberto Alonso-Fradejas
April 12, 2011 / News
Expansion of oil palm agribusinesses over indigenous-peasant lands and territories in Guatemala: Fuellinga new cycle of agrarian accumulation, territorial dominance and social vulnerability?

Abdirizak Arale Nunow
April 12, 2011 / News
THE DYNAMICS OF LAND DEALS IN THE TANA DELTA, KENYA

Roman Herre
April 12, 2011 / News
A human rights perspective on land grabbing: the case of Cambodia

Pastoralists and irrigation in the Horn of Africa: Time for a rethink?
April 10, 2011 / News
By Stephen Sandford There is much land in pastoral areas of the Horn of Africa that could be converted to irrigated agriculture and thus provide an alternative or additional livelihood for pastoralists. There is a long history of successful indigenous

Land Deals and Commercial Agriculture In Nigeria
April 8, 2011 / News
Land Deals and Commercial Agriculture In Nigeria: The New Nigerian Farms in Shonga District, Kwara State Joseph A. Ariyo and Michael Mortimore Nigeria’s long standing agrarian policy was to transform the entire peasantry of smallholders in the country into modern

The next Great Trek? South African commercial farmers move north
April 8, 2011 / News
By Ruth Hall This paper analyses the shifting role of South African farmers, agribusiness and capital elsewhere in the Southern African region and the rest of the continent. It explores recent trends in this expansion, investigates the interests and agendas

Land Grabbing in Bangladesh: In-Situ Displacement of Peasant Holdings
April 8, 2011 / News
by Shelley Feldman and Charles Geisler Land grabbing accounts are now abundant, prompting scholars to seek patterns and regularities in the phenomenon across dissimilar geographies and histories. This paper examines the irregularities and pattern-defying expressions of land grabbing in Bangladesh

Escalating Land Grabbing In Post-conflict Regions of Northern Uganda: A Need for Strengthening…
April 8, 2011 / News
Escalating Land Grabbing In Post-conflict Regions of Northern Uganda: A Need for Strengthening Good Land Governance in Acholi Region By Samuel B. Mabikke Since the mid 1980s, Northern Uganda- a region of over 13 districts has been devastated by armed

Commercial pressures on land
April 7, 2011 / News
Ward Anseeuw And Mike Taylor Disclaimer: This Presentation Presents Work In Process, That Will Be Published By The ILC at the End Of May 2011

The end of the African peasant?
April 7, 2011 / News
The end of the African peasant? From investment funds and finance value-chains to peasant related questions by Ward Anseeuw, Antoine Ducastel and Jean- Jacques Gabas The last couple of years have been characterized by a “rediscovery” of agriculture as a

“Land Grabbing” in Developing Countries: Foreign Investors, Regulation and Codes of Conduct
April 7, 2011 / News
by Nadia Cuffaro and David Hallam The paper discusses the recent developments of FDI in land in developing countries. Three issues are analyzed: the first is the available evidence on the so called “land grab” and the associated question of the role

Behind Dispossession: State, Land Grabbing and Agrarian Change in Rural Orissa
April 7, 2011 / News
By Deepak K Mishra This paper seeks to examine the diverse forms and implications of land grabbing in Orissa, known for its abject poverty, starvation deaths and violent conflicts over the issue of displacement. Taking into account the historical processes

Expansion of oil palm agribusinesses over indigenouspeasant lands and territories in Guatemala…
April 7, 2011 / News
Expansion of oil palm agribusinesses over indigenouspeasant lands and territories in Guatemala: Fuelling a new cycle of agrarian accumulation, territorial dominance and social vulnerability? By Alberto Alonso-Fradejas This paper is a critical analysis of the political economy and ecology of

Implications of Land Deals to Livelihood Security and Natural Resource Management in Benshanguel…
April 7, 2011 / News
Implications of Land Deals to Livelihood Security and Natural Resource Management in Benshanguel Gumuz Regional State, Ethiopia By Maru Shete The Federal Government of Ethiopia (FGE) is leasing out large tracts of arable lands both to domestic and foreign investors

Is Water the Hidden Agenda of Agricultural Land Acquisition in sub-Saharan Africa?
April 7, 2011 / News
by P Woodhouse and A S Ganho The many headlines focusing on ‘land-grabbing’ have distracted attention from the role that access to water plays in underpinning the projected productivity of foreign direct investment in acquisition of agricultural land in developing

Projecting Smallholders: Roads, the Puebla to Panama Plan
April 7, 2011 / News
Projecting Smallholders: Roads, the Puebla to Panama Plan and Land Grabbing in the Q’eqchi’ Lowlands of Northern Guatemala By Liza Grandia As an avenue for analyzing the impacts of the broader PPP infrastructure program on indigenous, rural areas, this paper

ENGLISH – Agrarian structure, foreign land ownership, and land value in Brazil
April 7, 2011 / News
Agrarian structure, foreign land ownership, and land value in Brazil By Sérgio Sauer and Sergio Pereira Leite The recent world “rush for farmland” has targeted Latin America in general and Brazil in particular, with a huge increase in foreign investments

Dynamics in land tenure, local power and the peasant economy: the case of Petén, Guatemala
April 7, 2011 / News
By Markus Zander and Jochen Dürr This article analyses the ongoing process of land grabbing by cattle farmers and drug traffickers in south-eastern Petén, Guatemala and its socio-economic consequences. In the last decade, this process has strongly accelerated due to

Transnational Land Deals in Mindanao: Situating Ambivalent Farmer Responses in Local Politics
April 6, 2011 / News
by Tania Salerno This article broadly discusses transnational corporate land acquisitions while focusing specifically on the politics surrounding a joint-investment in Mindanao, Philippines. More particularly it analyses the key implementation processes prior to and during the establishment of one particular

The gendered politics of dispossession: oil palm expansion in a Dayak Hibun community in West Kalima
April 6, 2011 / News
The gendered politics of dispossession: oil palm expansion in a Dayak Hibun community in West Kalimantan, Indonesia # by Julia and Ben White This paper explores the gendered politics of monocrop oil-palm expansion in a Hibun Dayak community in Sanggau

Urbanization strategies and agrarian change in Eastern China: a multilevel integrated assessment of
April 6, 2011 / News
Urbanization strategies and agrarian change in Eastern China: a multilevel integrated assessment of domestic land grabbing by Giuseppina Siciliano This paper explores the links between urbanization strategies and domestic land grabbing processes in a rural village located in Chongming island.

Gulf-State Investments in Indonesia and The Philippines: Gaining Control of Agricultural Land and Fo
April 6, 2011 / News
by Gerben Nooteboom & Rosanne Rutten, University of Amsterdam The issue of food security is most acute for Gulf States. Poor in arable land and water resources, rich in capital, and dependent on a huge migrant-labour force, Gulf States rely

Conservation and Land Grabbing in Tanzania
April 6, 2011 / News
by Tor A. Benjaminsen, Ian Bryceson, Faustin Maganga, Tonje Refseth The discussion of global ‘land grabbing’ has mainly focused on large-­?scale land deals and direct foreign investments in food and biofuel production in developing countries. The land grabbing effect of

Gendered Dimensions of Land and Rural Livelihoods: The Case of New Settler Farmer Displacement…
April 6, 2011 / News
Gendered Dimensions of Land and Rural Livelihoods: The Case of New Settler Farmer Displacement at Nuanetsi Ranch, Mwenezi District, Zimbabwe By Patience Mutopo The bio fuels boom has recently been gaining much currency in Zimbabwe. This revolution has had different