The State of Land in Europe

14 April 2014

While the overall amount of agricultural land in Europe is shrinking, it is also becoming increasingly concentrated in a few large landholdings and in the hands of relatively few big private business entities.

April 2014

Recent publications from Agrarian Justice

Women Agricultural Workers

While access to waged agricultural work can bring about benefits to women, this paper aims to shed light on the discriminatory working conditions women agricultural workers endure in industries where women have traditionally constituted a significant share of the workforce.

The Politics of Flexing Soybeans in China and Brazil

The trajectories of soy developments in Brazil and China are related despite moving largely in opposite directions.

The Politics of Sugarcane flexing in Brazil and beyond

Flex crops, spread over greater expanses of land, are increasingly interlinked through international exchange in food, fee and fuel. Brazilian exports of sugarcane ethanol to the US are in part influenced by the domestic US production of maize ethanol, which in turn is shaped by the price of feed and the soybean supply.

Land grabbing under the Cover of Law

The BRICS are following the pattern traditionally adopted by Northern countries of enclosing and exploiting land, both nationally and abroad, to benefit capital and global agro-industrialisation. They are also using law and diplomacy, notably Bilateral Investment Agreements, in order to facilitate access to foreign land, and foster their own economic interests.