Land Grabs II: 17-19 October, USA

LandgrabconfThe second international academic workshop on ‘Global Land Grabbing’ was held on 17-19 October 2012 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, USA. This event is presented by the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) and the Cornell Department of Development Sociology. Among the confirmed keynote speakers was the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Brazilian academic, José Graziano da Silva.

This conference is a follow up to the highly successful 2011 conference, Global Land Grabbing, held 6-8 April at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex, Brighton, England.

José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the FAO, joined the conference by video on October 19, 2012 to discuss the FAO’s stance on global land acquisitions.

You can also read a copy of the Director General’s remarks here.


At the first Land Grabbing conference, 120 papers were presented that sketched the broad outlines of land grabs happening across the globe. The purpose of the 2012 conference is to continue deepening and broadening our understanding of global land deals. An overriding concern of the conference is with agrarian change: what changes in broad agrarian structures are emerging? Are land deals motivated by new forms of agrarian capitalism or repeats of the past? What is the nature and extent of rural social differentiation – in terms of class, gender, ethnicity – following changes in land use and land property relations as well as organizations of production and exchange? At the same time, we have remained open to broader topics around land grab intersections with political economy, political ecology and political sociology, and are convening a series of parallel sessions on a range of themes.

Conference website

The conference has its own website which includes the schedule, logistics, downloadable papers and media information:

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