Corporate land grabs: new journal issue

JPScoverFuture Agricultures researchers have contributed to an issue of the Journal of Peasant Studies on large land deals. ‘The new enclosures’ examines the implications of large-scale ‘land grabs’ for property, labour and rights.

Estimates of the total area of large land deals worldwide range from 43 million hectares (World Bank 2010) to 227m hectares (Oxfam 2011). Large land deals are often shrouded in secrecy, and often the full impact on local people is only felt after many years.

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About the issue

The articles in this collection look at the political economy of land deals, and their implications for property and labour regimes; the way patterns of social difference are affected by changing land use; the politics of resistance; the narratives that are used to justify land grabs; and the role of powerful elites and international development agencies in blocking or encouraging land deals.

The articles draw on case studies from Ethiopia, West Africa, Kenya and South Africa, as well as research from Asia and other regions, to look at the history, present and future of land deals.

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Other activities

  • The collection builds on two years of collaboration through the Land Deal Politics Initiative, of which Future Agricultures Consortium is a member. The LDPI also organised a small grants competition, a 2011 Conference on Land Grabbing and a follow-up conference on Land Grabbing planned for October 2012.