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Resistance to Accumulation by Dispossession in the Context Of Neoliberal Capitalism And Globalizatio
April 6, 2011 / News
By Shapan Adnan Harvey [2003] has argued that, in the long term historical geography of capitalism, accumulation by dispossession (ongoing primitive accumulation) is organically linked to the accumulation of capital proper i.e. that based on expanded reproduction. Furthermore, accumulation by

Legitimating Foreignization in Bolivia: Brazilian agriculture and the relations of conflict…
April 6, 2011 / News
Legitimating Foreignization in Bolivia: Brazilian agriculture and the relations of conflict and consent in Santa Cruz, Bolivia By Lee Mackey Introduction: Brazil is a leader in tropical soybean innovation, the pretender to dominance of a global biofuels market, and the

After titling: Oil palm landscapes and Afro-Colombian territories
April 6, 2011 / News
by Roosbelinda Cardenas Gonzales  On September 28, 1994, Aroldo and a small group of other residents of Bocas de Guabal, a small village on the Mira River in Colombia’s littoral border with Ecuador, held a meeting to discuss the rapid

The Role of the EU in Land Grabbing in Africa – CSO Monitoring 2009-2010 “Advancing African….
April 6, 2011 / News
The Role of the EU in Land Grabbing in Africa – CSO Monitoring 2009-2010 “Advancing African Agriculture” (AAA): The Impact of Europe’s Policies and Practices on African Agriculture and Food Security By Alison Graham, Sylvain Aubry, Rolf Künnemann and Sofía

A question of scale: the construction of marginal lands and the limitations of global land classific
April 6, 2011 / News
by Rachel A. Nalepa, Boston University With the growth of the biofuel complex, the concept of “marginal land” has emerged as a term commonly associated with the promotion of agrofuels. Remote sensing and other data are used to globally characterize

China’s Farmland Rush in Benin: Toward a Win-Win Economic Model of Cooperation?
April 6, 2011 / News
By Paulette Nonfodji The early seventies saw the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Benin after the breakdown of these relations in 1966. China’s role in Benin has ever since been growing

Wildlife Conservation and Land Acquisitions: A Case Study of the Tanzania Land Conservation Trust
April 6, 2011 / News
By Ngeta Kabiri, Environmental Evaluation Unit, University of Cape Town In the past decade, there have been large-scale acquisitions of land in Africa that have drawn the attention of both agrarian policy analysts and local populations in the affected areas.

Development by Dispossession: Land Grabbing as New Enclosures in Contemporary Ethiopia
April 6, 2011 / News
by Fouad Makki and Charles Geisler Dept. of Development Sociology, Cornell University The confluence of the world economic crisis with the global food and energy crises has set off a frenzy of land grabbing in Africa, accelerating trends of de-peasantization,

Multi-stakeholder initiatives to regulate biofuels: the Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels
April 6, 2011 / News
By Elizabeth Fortin, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow University of Bristol Over the last decade, dramatic growth in the production of biofuels across the globe has been supported by domestic, bilateral and intergovernmental policy instruments. The consequential dominance of agri-business multi-national

Joint ventures in South Africa’s land reform programme: strategic partnerships or strategic …
April 4, 2011 / News
Joint ventures in South Africa’s land reform programme: strategic partnerships or strategic resource grab? By Nerhene Davis & Edward Lahiff Interoduction: Over the past three years, growing attention has been paid to the large-scale acquisition of land in developing countries

Contemporary Land Grabs and their Alternatives in the Americas
April 4, 2011 / News
By Sara Safransky and Wendy Wolford Introduction: In 2007-2008, world food and fuel prices spiked sharply upward, doubling or tripling the cost of key food items and leading to a “wave” of protests and anti-government riots in more than 60

Land Market Liberalization and Trans-National Commercial Land Deals in Ghana since the 1990s
April 4, 2011 / News
By Dzodzi Tsikata and Joseph Yaro Introduction: Large Scale commercial land transactions involving land in developing countries and transnational corporations and governments of the global north are justifiably generating a lot of interest in the land tenure research and policy

Titling against grabbing? Critiques and conundrums around land formalisation in Southeast Asia
April 2, 2011 / News
By Philip Hirsch Debates and critiques around land policy often focus on the neo-liberal agenda of formalising land as alienable property, most notably through land titling schemes. Sometimes these schemes are posited against alternatives such as land reform and community land

How the Daewoo Attempted Land Acquisition Contributed to Madagascar’s Political Crisis in 2009
April 2, 2011 / News
By Venusia Vinciguerra The acquisition or leasing of extended areas of land in developing countries by private firms is a growing phenomenon (Cotula et al. 2009:4-5; Shepard and Anuradha 2009). Some trigger factors for this are: food security issues tied

From International Land Deals to Local Informal Agreements: Regulations of and Local Reactions…
April 2, 2011 / News
From International Land Deals to Local Informal Agreements: Regulations of and Local Reactions to Agricultural Investments in Madagascar By Burnod Perrine, Gingembre Mathilde, Andrianirina Ratsialonana Rivo, and Ratovoarinony Raphael In 2009, the 1.3 million hectare agricultural project planned in Madagascar

Strengths and limitations of the Round Table for Responsible Soy — RTRS in Mato Grosso, Brazil
April 2, 2011 / News
By Mateo Mier y Terán The rapidly increasing production of soybean over the past four decades in the southern cone of Latin America, mainly in Brazil and Argentina, has demanded vast areas of land and predictions are that the global

Land Grab and Oil Palm in Colombia
April 2, 2011 / News
By Mark James This article focuses on the effects of agrofuel production in the south-western department of Nariño, Colombia, as multinational firms cultivate palm oil on territories that legally belong to indigenous and ethnic groups. The two communities primarily affected

Economic Empowerment for Pastoralist Women: A Comparative Look at Program Experience in Uganda…
April 2, 2011 / News
Economic Empowerment for Pastoralist Women: A Comparative Look at Program Experience in Uganda, Somaliland and Sudan By John Livingstone & Everse Ruhindi PENHA (the Pastoral & Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa) is a regional NGO, focused on pastoral

Eating Bitter to Taste Sweet: An Ethnographic Sketch of a Chinese Agriculture Project in Senegal
April 2, 2011 / News
By Lila Buckley This is a case study of Chinese agriculture interventions in Senegal. As Chinese land-based investments multiply across the African continent, I focus on a single government-run agriculture demonstration centre outside Dakar to provide insight into the daily

Farmland grabs by urban sprawl and their impacts on peasants’ livelihood in China: An overview
April 2, 2011 / News
By LI Xiubin China is undergoing rapid industrialization and urbanization, which substantially increase pressure on farmland resources, environment, and peasants’ life as well. During the past two decades, some 4 million ha of farmland has been occupied by non-agricultural sectors.

Global Landgrabs, Agribusiness and the Commercial Smallholder: A West African perspective
April 2, 2011 / News
By Kojo Sebastian Amanor In the last few years there has been a growing concern with investment in large-scale estate agriculture, particularly within Africa, and its impact on eroding land rights and livelihoods of smallholders. This tends to regard investment

The Modern Motility of Pastoral Land Rights: Tenure Transitions and Land-Grabbing In East Africa
April 2, 2011 / News
By John G. Galaty Paper The major challenges to pastoralism are not the demands of modernity, which most pastoralists are fully willing to embrace, nor the cultural lure of education – since the educated pastoralist is not an oxymoron but

Biofuels and Wasteland Grabbing: How India’s Biofuel Policy is Facilitating Land Grabs in Tamil Nadu
April 2, 2011 / News
By Jennifer Baka Unlike the large scale, biofuels-induced land grabs occurring in Africa(Cotula et al. 2009; Sulle and Nelson 2009; World Bank 2010), the land grabstaking place in India involve smaller tracts of land and are more subtle and obscured.

Agrarian change below the radar screen: Rising farmland acquisitions by domestic investors in West..
April 2, 2011 / News
Agrarian change below the radar screen: Rising farmland acquisitions by domestic investors in West Africa Results from a survey in Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger By Thea Hilhorst, Joost Nelen, Nata Traoré In West Africa, domestic investors acquire plots of

Processes of Large-Scale Land Acquisition by Investors:Case Studies from Sub-Saharan Africa
April 2, 2011 / News
By Laura German, George Schoneveld and Esther Mwangi Rapid growth of emerging economies, emerging interest in biofuels as an alternative to fossil fuels and recent volatility in commodity prices have led to a marked increase in the pace and scale

Gujarat’s Gain and Bengal’s Loss? ‘‘Development,’ – Land Acquisition in India and the Tata Nano…
April 2, 2011 / News
Gujarat’s Gain and Bengal’s Loss? ‘‘Development,’ – Land Acquisition in India and the Tata Nano Project: A Comparison of Singur with Sanand By Devparna Roy It is necessary to understand the political economy and recent political history of West Bengal

‘Land belongs to the community’: Demystifying the ‘global land grab’ in Southern Sudan
April 2, 2011 / News
A working paper by David K. Deng Sudan is among the global ‘hotspots’ for large-scale land acquisitions. Although most of this investment activity was thought to be focused in the Northern part of the country, recent research indicates that a

The ‘bitter fruit’ of a new agrarian model: Large-scale land deals and local livelihoods in Rwanda
April 1, 2011 / News
By An Ansoms Abstract: In a context of globalisation and liberalisation, Africa is increasingly confronted with the commercialisation of its space. Various so-called large-scale actors – international private investors, ‘investor’ states, and local entrepreneurs – search for large quantities of

What shall we do without our land? Land Grabs and Resistance in Rural
April 1, 2011 / News
Alison Elizabeth Schneider Political dynamics of the global land grab are exemplified in Cambodia, where at least 27 forced evictions took place in 2009, affecting 23,000 people. Evictions of the rural poor are legitimized by the assumption that non-private land

The Modern Motility of Pastoral Land Rights: Tenure Transitions and Land-Grabbing in East Africa
March 31, 2011 / News
John G. Galaty Mcgill University   Introduction: The major challenges to pastoralism are not the demands of modernity, which most pastoralists are fully willing to embrace, nor the cultural lure of education – since the educated pastoralist is not an

Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa: consequences and implications
March 31, 2011 / News
P. Ericksen, J. de Leeuw, P. Thornton, A. Ayantunde, M. Said, M. Herrero and A. Notenbaert International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya and Bamako, Mali Introduction Managing climate variability and climate risk is at the heart of pastoralism. Both traditional

MIND THE GAP – Commercialization, Livelihoods and Wealth Disparity
March 22, 2011 / News
MIND THE GAP – Commercialization, Livelihoods and Wealth Disparityin Pastoralist Areas of Ethiopia By Yacob Aklilu and Andy Catley

Livestock Exports from the Horn of Africa
March 22, 2011 / News
An Analysis of Benefits by Pastoralist Wealth Group and Policy Implications By Yacob Aklilu and Andy Catley Feinstein International Center, Tufts University

Moving Up or Moving Out?
March 22, 2011 / News
A Rapid Livelihoods and Conflict Analysis in Mieso-Mulu Woreda, Shinile Zone, Somali Region, Ethiopia By Andy Catley and Alula Iyasu

An Essay on The Future of Pastoralist Conflict
March 18, 2011 / News
By Paul Goldsmith Conflict is a form of disorder intrinsic to developmental processes. The impacts of violent conflict on economy and governance represent both a set of costs and specific indicators of serious problems on different levels of the system.

Seeking Alternative Livelihoods in Northern Kenya: Costs and Benefits in Health and Nutrition
March 18, 2011 / News
By Elliot Fratkin, Martha Nathan, and Eric A. Roth The seeking of alternative livelihoods by former pastoralists is not a new phenomenon in East Africa, as many nomadic livestock keeping people have historically utilized ties with foraging, farming and more

Certification dispositifs and land conflicts: the case of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil…
March 18, 2011 / News
Certification dispositifs and land conflicts: the case of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) By Laura Silva Castañeda The expansion of oil palm plantations in Indonesia, the largest producer of palm oil in the world, has generated a huge

The Urban and Northern Face of Global Land Grabs
March 18, 2011 / News
By Eric Holt-Giménez, Yi Wang and Annie Shattuck Introduction: Detroit, Michigan, the former Paris of the Midwest, is ground zero of the U.S. recession. Detroit is also a flashpoint for the northern food justice movement. There are over 300 community

Negotiating Carbon Concessions in Developing Countries: Issues of Capacity, Confidentiality …
March 18, 2011 / News
Negotiating Carbon Concessions in Developing Countries: Issues of Capacity, Confidentiality & Corruption By Kyla Tienhaara and Wynet Smith Introduction: In 2008, John Vidal wrote an article in the Guardian newspaper entitled ‘The great green land grab’, in which he discussed the

Land grabbing and share of the value added in agricultural processes. A new look at the distribution
March 18, 2011 / News
Land grabbing and share of the value added in agricultural processes. A new look at the distribution of land revenues By H. Cochet and M. Merlet This article discusses one aspect of the land grabbing phenomenon that has been little

PORTUGUESE – Agrarian structure, foreign land ownership, and land price in Brazil
March 18, 2011 / News
Agrarian structure, foreign land ownership, and land price in Brazil (Dinâmica fundiária e apropriação de terra por estrangeiros no Brasil) By Sérgio Sauer and Sergio Pereira Leite The recent world “rush for farmland” has made Latin America, in general, and Brazil

“How come that others are selling our land?” – Customary Land Rights, Rural Livelihoods and Foreign.
March 18, 2011 / News
“How come that others are selling our land?” – Customary Land Rights, Rural Livelihoods and Foreign Land Acquisition in the Case of a UK-based Forestry Company in Tanzania By Martina Locher Reports on transnational land acquisitions raise concerns about local

The Land Question: Special Economic Zones and the Political Economy of Dispossession in India
March 18, 2011 / News
By Michael Levien The conflict between farmers and industry over land has become the greatest contradiction for capitalism in India today. Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have become the epicenters of “land wars,” as farmers across the country have resisted the state?s

The Gender Implications of Large-Scale Land Deals
March 18, 2011 / News
By Julia Behrman, Ruth Meinzen-Dick, and Agnes Quisumbing This paper strives to introduce a discussion of the gender dimensions into the growing debate on large-scale land deals. It addresses the current information gap on the differential gender effects of large-scale

A Land Grab Scenario for Indonesia? Diverse Trajectories and Virtual Land Grabs in the Outer Islands
March 18, 2011 / News
By John McCarthy, Suraya Afiff and Jacqueline Vel In August 2010 Indonesia‘s ministry of agriculture launched a giant project to create a $5 billion agricultural estate spanning three districts in the province of Papua in response to perceptions of a

Foreign investment into agriculture: Investment Treaties and the ability of governments to balance..
March 18, 2011 / News
Foreign investment into agriculture: Investment Treaties and the ability of governments to balance rights and obligations between foreign investors and local communities. By Mahnaz Malik A number of countries are offering large tracts of farmland to foreign investors as demand