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Household Livelihoods and Increasing Foreign Investment Pressure in Ethiopia’s Natural Forests
March 18, 2011 / News
By Kathleen Guillozet and John C. Bliss Foreign investment in Ethiopia?s forestry sector is currently limited, but agricultural investments that affect forests, largely through forest clearing, are commonplace. We describe the nature of forest investments and outline the challenges and

Range Enclosures in Southern Oromia, Ethiopia: An innovative response or erosion in the common…
March 18, 2011 / News
Range Enclosures in Southern Oromia, Ethiopia: An innovative response or erosion in the common property resource tenure? By Bokutache Dida Rangeland enclosures and related issues of property rights in African grazing lands have received research attention since the 1980s (e.g.

Taming the Jungle, Saving the Maya Forest: The Military’s Role in Guatemalan Conservation
March 17, 2011 / News
By Megan Ybarra This article examines the significance of the role of the military in conservation in Guatemala through an analysis of discourses about the lowlands over time. Historically, Guatemala’s national imaginary of the lowlands has been that of a

The Space to Be Ourselves’: Ethanol-Fuel Production and Land Conflict on a Brazilian ‘Frontier’
March 17, 2011 / News
By  Shandra P. Sullivan Since the early 20th century, national and international movements in capital and ideas have contributed to the radical transformation of the Brazilian countryside. In Mato Grosso do Sul, the Kaiowá-Guarani have been gradually crowded onto reservations

The Dynamics of Land Deals in the Tana Delta, Kenya
March 17, 2011 / News
Abdirizak Arale Nunow The Tana delta is within the Tana Delta District that was curved out in 2007 from the larger Tana River District in Coast province. The district headquarters is situated in Garsen and the delta is a common

‘Responsible Companies’ and African Livestock-Keepers:
March 17, 2011 / News
By  John Morton There is some evidence that companies, both multinational and African, operating from motivations that can be very broadly labelled “Corporate Social Responsibility”, can make real and significant contributions to pastoral development and that useful development dialogues can

Economic Empowerment for Pastoralist Women: A Comparative Look at Program Experience in Uganda…
March 17, 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 development,

Mobile pastoralism and land grabbing in Sudan: Impacts and Responses
March 17, 2011 / News
By Mustafa Babiker   The central drylands of Sudan have been the home to various forms of mobile pastoralism for centuries. Pastoral mobility is an ecological necessity dictated by the extreme temporal and spatial variability of rainfall in these areas. However,

Shipping out the “desert ship”: camel marketing in the northern Kenya/southern Ethiopia Borderlands
March 17, 2011 / News
By Hussein Abdullahi Mahmoud This study examines the newly emerging and vibrant camel marketing processes in northern Kenya/southern Ethiopia borderlands. This trade has become an attractive economic activity only in the past few years. Pastoralist innovation is key to risk mitigation

Mobility and the Sustainability of the Pastoral Production system in Africa: Perspectives …
March 17, 2011 / News
Mobility and the Sustainability of the Pastoral Production system in Africa: Perspectives of Contrasting Paradigms Gufu Oba This paper explores the extent to which changes in pastoral herd mobility and impacts on the environment may be explained by four paradigms:

Being and Staying Pastoralists: In Search of a Livelihood Security for Maasai Displacement
March 15, 2011 / News
By Opportuna Kweka Pastoralism economy has diversified due to loss of their livestock. However, this is taken as a positive change by conservationist and developmentalists who for many years have viewed Maasai as conservative, resistant to change and their pastoral economy

The Future of Pastoralism in the Sahel Zone of West Africa: Climate Change: Impacts & Consequencies
March 15, 2011 / News
The Future of Pastoralism in the Sahel Zone of West Africa: Climate Change: Impacts & Consequencies on Pastoralism By Mohammed Ibrahim Bare This paper seeks to examine the challenges of climate change on pastoralism, considering its far-reaching impact and consequences.

Pastoral women’s thoughts on ‘change’: voices from Ethiopia
March 15, 2011 / News
By Fiona Flintan? with contributions from Beth Cullenn and Shauna Latosky ‘Change’ in pastoral areas and societies is occurring at an unprecedented pace. Pastoral women and men experience such change in different ways, and have different capacities to transform it

Reaching Pastoralists with Formal Education A Distance-Learning Strategy for Kenya
March 15, 2011 / News
By David Siele, Jeremy Swift, Saverio Krätli Demand for education among pastoralists, including children actively involved in production, is rapidly increasing. Education is seen by impoverished households as a way out of poverty, and by the households actively involved in

Town Camels: Pastoral Innovation in a fast Changing World
March 15, 2011 / News
Town Camels: Pastoral Innovation in a fast Changing World Case Study from Gode Town, Somali Regional State, Ethiopia By Abdi Abdullahi Hussien, Seid Mohamed Ali, and Abdurehman Eid Tahir Because of demographic, socio-economic and political factors, Ethiopian pastoralists are settling

Dispossession, semi-proletarianization, and enclosure: primitive accumulation and the land grab …
March 15, 2011 / News
Dispossession, semi-proletarianization, and enclosure: primitive accumulation and the land grab in Laos By Miles Kenney-Lazar Introduction: In April 2008, the Vietnamese corporation Hoàng Anh Gia Lai Joint (HAGL) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Laos (GoL) agreeing to

The Politics of “Win-Win” Narratives: Land Grab as Development Opportunity?
March 15, 2011 / News
By Elisa Da Vià Intorduction: In the Makeni area of central Sierra Leone, a land dispute has flared up after Addax Bioenergy, a division of the Swiss-based energy corporation Addax & Oryx Group, won a 50-years lease for around 40,000

Indirect expropriation: The role of national institutions and domestic elites in the Mozambican farm
March 10, 2011 / News
By Madeleine Fairbairn Rather than treating global farmland acquisitions as a top-down phenomenon driven entirely by global markets, this paper instead highlights the crucial mediating role played by national-level land politics and domestic elites using material drawn from interviews with

Whose Paradise? Conservation, tourism and land grabbing in Tayrona Natural Park, Colombia
March 8, 2011 / News
By Diana Ojeda The last decade in Colombia has been marked by a massive counter-agrarian reform, forcibly displacing 4 million people from an estimated 5.3 million hectares of land. The land grab stands in close relation to paramilitarism, illegal crop

Foreign investment into agriculture: Investment Treaties and the ability of governments to balance..
March 8, 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

Development as a Trojan Horse? Foreign Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in Ethiopia, Madagascar …
March 7, 2011 / News
Development as a Trojan Horse? Foreign Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in Ethiopia, Madagascar and Uganda By Dr. Sandra J.T.M. Evers and Dr. Kassahun Berhanu The past decade has been characterized by an unprecedented rise in foreign, large-scale land acquisitions in Africa.

The Political Construction Of A Land Grab in Papua New Guinea
March 7, 2011 / News
By Colin Filer Introduction: It is still commonly asserted that 97 percent of the land in Papua New Guinea (PNG) remains under customary ownership, just as it was when PNG gained its independence from Australian colonial rule in 1975 (GPNG

The Biofuel Boom and Indonesia’s Oil Palm Industry: The Twin Processes of Peasant Dispossession…
March 7, 2011 / News
The Biofuel Boom and Indonesia’s Oil Palm Industry: The Twin Processes of Peasant Dispossession and Adverse Incorporation in West Kalimantan By Claude Joel Fortin The sharp rise in global demand for biofuels and food has prompted widespread land grabbing in

‘Red Star over Guyana’: Colonial-style Grabbing of Natural Resources but New Grabbers
March 7, 2011 / News
By Janette Bulkan Introduction: China has arranged free trade agreements (Coxhead 2007, Jenkins et al. 2007) which lay out in some details what is to be traded and on what terms in a WTO-compatible framework with large supply countries such

Naturalizing Land Dispossession: A Policy Discourse Analysis of the Merauke Integrated Food…
March 7, 2011 / News
Naturalizing Land Dispossession: A Policy Discourse Analysis of the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate By Takeshi Ito, Noer Fauzi Rachman, Laksmi A. Savitri The Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) signifies a strategic space within which corporations facilitated

Land grabbing, governance and social peace-building issues in Cameroon: Case study of the roles …
March 4, 2011 / News
Land grabbing, governance and social peace-building issues in Cameroon: Case study of the roles of elites in land deals and commoditisation in the North West Region J. A. Mope Simo A critical analysis of patterns of land grabbing and commoditisation

Would Cecil Rhodes have signed a Code of Conduct? Reflections on global land grabbing and land….
March 4, 2011 / News
Would Cecil Rhodes have signed a Code of Conduct? Reflections on global land grabbing and land rights in Africa, past and present By Robin Palmer The new phenomenon of global land grabbing and its impact on land rights in Africa

Territory by Dispossession: Decentralization, Statehood, and The Narco Land-Grab in Colombia
March 4, 2011 / News
By Teo Ballvé For decades, the coupled dynamics of the drug trade and political violence have fueled the displacement of more than four million campesinos in Colombia. Agribusiness developments on these violently stolen lands have become favored conduits for drugmoney

Policy Options for Pastoral Development in Ethiopia and Reaction from the Regions
March 3, 2011 / News
Report Number 4 Pastoral Economic Growth and Development Policy Assessment, Ethiopia By Peter D. Little, John McPeak, Getachew Gebru, and Solomon Desta This report addresses policy options for improving pastoral economies and development in Ethiopia. We draw on the findings

Policy Options for Pastoral Development in Ethiopia
March 3, 2011 / News
Report Number 3 Pastoral Economic Growth and Development Policy Assessment, Ethiopia By Peter D. Little, Roy Behnke, John McPeak, and Getachew Gebru This report addresses policy options for improving pastoral economies and development in Ethiopia and their different tradeoffs. We

Future Scenarios for Pastoral Development in Ethiopia, 2010-2025
March 3, 2011 / News
Report Number 2 Pastoral Economic Growth and Development Policy Assessment, Ethiopia By Peter D. Little, Roy Behnke, John McPeak, and Getachew Gebru   This report is the second in a series of papers that examine pastoral economies and development in

Retrospective Assessment of Pastoral Policies in Ethiopia, 1991-2008
March 3, 2011 / News
Report Number 1Pastoral Economic Growth and Development Policy Assessment, Ethiopia By Peter D. Little, Roy Behnke, John McPeak, and Getachew Gebru   Ethiopia has the largest number of domestic livestock in Africa and much of it originates in the country‘s

Land Grab and Oil Palm in Colombia
March 3, 2011 / News
By Mark James Maughan 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

Nothing New Under the Sun or a New Battle Joined? The Political Economy of African Dispossession…
March 3, 2011 / News
Nothing New Under the Sun or a New Battle Joined? The Political Economy of African Dispossession in the Current Global Land Rush By Liz Alden Wily This paper focuses upon local conditions which allow governments of agrarian economies in especially

A Land Grab Scenario for Indonesia? Diverse Trajectories and Virtual Land Grabs in the Outer Islands
March 3, 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

Large Scale Investment Projects and Land Grabs in Zimbabwe: The Case of Nuanetsi Ranch Bio-Diesel…
March 3, 2011 / News
By Joseph Mujere and Sylvester Dombo Since 2000 the land reform discourse in Zimbabwe has focussed on land redistribution as well as the new forms of livelihoods, which it allowed the peasants to have. Focus has also been placed on

Agricultural Development Corridors equals Land-grabbing? Models, roles and accountabilities in a Moz
March 3, 2011 / News
By Randi Kaarhus Agricultural growth corridors have over the last years been launched as high-profile initiatives to increase agricultural production in Africa. These ‘corridors’ are presented as value-chain mechanisms, and as means to promote an African Green Revolution. As a

The Food Regime in the Land Grab: Articulating ‘Global Ecology’ and Political Economy
March 2, 2011 / News
By Philip McMichael This paper situates the land grab in the conjunctural crisis of capitalist ecology, expressed in climate, energy and food crises, which in turn transform the food/fuel regime. This crisis serves a double purpose: of justifying investment in

Building the Politics Machine: Tools for Resolving the Global Land
March 2, 2011 / News
By Michael B. Dwyer Introduction: Laos and the global land grab In August of 2008, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization shocked the world when he described a recent spate of transnational farmland investment as “a

Land Grabbing and Popular Resistance: Case Studies in the
March 2, 2011 / News
By Peter Ho and Cécile Famerée The article illustrates how the political dynamics around access, assignation, and control of natural resources allows understanding divisions in land?based social relations. A powerful Peruvian private firm has acquired land for palm plantation on

Agrarian Change Under the Radar Screen: Rising Farmland Acquisitions by Domestic Investors…
March 2, 2011 / News
By Thea Hilhorst, Joost Nelen and Nata Traoré Policy makers in Africa increasingly state that modernisation of agriculture requires “agro-business” investors, whereby family farms should make space and sell their labour. This discourse amplified following food prices rise in 2007,

Household Livelihoods and Increasing Foreign Investment Pressure in Ethiopia’s Natural Forests
March 2, 2011 / News
By Kathleen Guillozet and John C. Bliss Foreign investment in Ethiopia?s forestry sector is currently limited, but agricultural investments that affect forests, largely through forest clearing, are commonplace. We describe the nature of forest investments and outline the challenges and

Land Control, Land Grabs, and Southeast Asian Crop Booms
March 2, 2011 / News
By Derek Hall This paper argues that research into dynamics of land control in the contemporary ‘land grab‘ can benefit from engagement with the literature on booms in the production of crops like cocoa, coffee, fast-growing trees, oil palm, and

Legacies of Transnational Mining and Hydropower in Defining Costa Rican Environmental Sovereignty
March 2, 2011 / News
By Dana Graef This paper analyzes the linked histories and changing national discourses surrounding a transnational mining concession and subsequent plans for national hydroelectric development in the Pacific south of Costa Rica. My analysis shows how the framing of a

Land Grabbing in Namibia: A Case Study from the Omusati Region,
March 2, 2011 / News
By Willem Odendaal Large scale land acquisitions by foreign investors in Africa for agricultural purposes continue to capture attention worldwide. In recent years Namibia has received some proposals from multi-national agricultural corporations to develop large scale irrigation projects, mainly in

Agricultural Foreign Direct Investment and Water Rights: An Institutional Analysis from Ethiopia
March 2, 2011 / News
By Andrea Bues This paper aims to analyse the impacts of agricultural foreign direct investment on the local institutional setting of water management in a country in which most of the population depends on agriculture. It presents the case of

Land Grabbing in Indonesia
March 2, 2011 / News
By Yulian Junaidi Jasuan In the recent years we see the fast growing phenomena of land grabbing across the world. In Africa, Asia and Latin America million of hectares of land has been taking over by developed countries through their

Escalating Land Grabbing In Post-conflict Regions of Northern Uganda…
March 2, 2011 / News
By Samuel B. Mabikke Since the mid 1980s, Northern Uganda- a region of over 13 districts has been devastated by armed conflict particularly by the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) as well as old age cattle rustling by armed Karamajong rustlers

The Impact of Special Economic Zones in India: A Caste Study of Polepally SEZ
March 2, 2011 / News
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat, Mamidi Bharath Bhushan and Sujatha Surepally Introduction: Special Economic Zones (SEZs) can be compared to their predecessors, Free Trade Zones and Export Processing Zones, in that they are aimed at stimulating foreign direct investment (FDI) and rapid,

Land Grabs for Biochar? Narratives and Counter Narratives in Africa’s Emerging Biogenic Carbon Seque
March 2, 2011 / News
By Melissa Leach, James Fairhead and James Fraser Introduction: Biochar refers to the carbon-rich product that results when biomass – from wood or leaves to manure or crop residues – is burned under oxygen-deprived conditions and then buried in the