Panel 7 – ENVIRONMENT: Constructing Marginal Lands

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 solution lies in the existence of global reserve agricultural lands that are available and can be transformed into zones of production for food, feed and biofuels, and extraction of timber and minerals. But what does it mean „marginal lands?? What are the ways in which such types of lands are identified, measured and quantified, and what are the problems with and implications of these processes? This panel will critically look into these questions.

Chair: Saturnino M. (‘Jun’) Borras Jr. International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Gustavo Oliveira