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  1. Activists from across Asia explain how the EU’s free trade agenda affects them: (1) Indonesia and China

    12 October 2010
    Article

    At the Asia Europe People’s Forum in Brussels we interviewed some civil society activists from across Asia, to find out more about the damaging impacts of free trade agreements on the everyday lives of people in their countries.

  2. Regulating landgrabbing?

    Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    26 December 2010
    Article

    Calls for codes of conduct for landgrabbing not only fail to tackle the main drivers of land dispossession but also legitimise a new wave of land enclosures that will affect many vulnerable rural communities.

  3. No TAV: feeding the fire of resistance in northern Italy

    Frank Barat
    21 November 2017
    Article

    The decades-old struggle of the No TAV movement in northern Italy is an inspiration to environmentalist and anti-capitalist movements worldwide.

  4. Budapest Water Summit offers mirage of water for all

    Satoko Kishimoto
    15 October 2013
    Article

    It had been billed as a summit to push for universal access to water, but attending the Budapest Water Summit held last week felt like grasping at a mirage of water in a desert. The slogans and appearance were attractive, but held no prospect of delivering the human right to water for all.

  5. Meeting the challenge of feeding the world and cooling the Earth

    Jun Borras
    12 July 2011
    Article

    Two papers analysing the recent experience of Latin America, and Cuba in particular, support arguments that a shift from industrial-large scale farming to small-scale farming can bring environmental, economic and political benefits.

  6. Green Grabbing: a new appropriation of nature?

    05 July 2012
    Article

    Across the world, ‘green grabbing’ – the appropriation of land and resources for environmental ends – is an emerging process of deep and growing significance. In recent years there has been a veritable explosion of scholarship examining the neoliberalization of environments, nature and conservation, drawing partly on older traditions of ecological/green Marxism and critical political ecology

  7. Resistance in Honduras

    03 February 2017

    Join us to hear Tomas Gomez Membreno, the current coordinator of the Honduran organisation COPINH, share the story of his community's struggle.

  8. Land Grabbing in Latin America

    16 January 2013
    Article

    A special issue of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies introducing a previously under-explored geographic region into the emerging land grab literature. Available for free till end of May.

  9. Global Governance/Politics, Climate Justice & Agrarian/Social Justice: Linkages and Challenges

    18 November 2015
    Article

    The convergence of multiple crises – food, energy, environmental, climate change and finance – in combination with the rise of important global political economic players has triggered profound agrarian and environmental transformations worldwide. There is a global rush to control natural resources in order to produce food, fuel, and energy for climate change mitigation and adaptation purposes; partly as a result of  financialization of agriculture, nature, food systems and farmland. How does one govern such complex and fluid ‘value webs’?

  10. Colombian landscape

    Human nature as victim in Colombia

    Lyda Fernanda Forero
    17 March 2017
    Article

    "We are part of nature – human and non-human. The relationship between both and in permanent interaction creates ‘the territory’."

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    Land Grabs - Another Scramble for Africa

    Ama Biney
    28 September 2009
    In the media
    How is it possible that in the 21st century the world has the capacity to feed every single human being on the planet, yet the majority of people in Africa and the rest of the Global South go rampantly hungry?
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    The Many Faces of the Investor Rush in Southern Africa

    • Ruth Hall
    24 March 2011
    Paper

    This working paper reviews the latest experiences of land grabbing in Southern Africa, detailing questions of scale and duration, initiation, negotiation processes, production sectors, employment, natural resource use and more.

  13. The twin challenge of agrarian and climate justice

    • Jun Borras, Jennifer Franco, Clara Mi Young Park, Mads Barbesgaard, Yukari Sekine, Ye Lin Myint, Thant Zin
    02 March 2018
    Paper

    Dominant approaches to climate change mitigation are putting new pressures on small farmers and village dwellers, justifying dispossession by powerful actors who cast villagers' traditional ways of life as ecologically destructive or economically inefficient. In order to address the twin challenges of agrarian justice and climate justice, it is critical to understand the way new conflicts and initiatives intersect with old conflicts and the way they are compounded by undemocratic settings, and inequality and division along fault-lines of gender, ethnicity, class, and generation.

  14. Debating the Global Land Grab

    29 March 2011
    Article

    Coinciding with the Global Land Grab conference held at the University of Sussex, three leading commentators debate the politics of land deals; contrasting a World Bank "code of conduct" perspective with more critical analysis looking at human rights and labour issues.

  15. Africa: Future Trajectories for BRICS

    Achin Vanaik
    21 March 2013
    Article

    Despite much optimism, there are clear indications that BRICS lacks the capacity to function as a powerful and innovative new force in the realm of global politics and governance.

  16. The global resource grab

    Jun Borras, Maryann Manahan, Yao Graham
    30 June 2011
    Multi-media

    Worsening climate change and the emergence of new economic powers is leading to a renewed scramble for resources, with negative consequences for many impoverished communities.

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    The great land grab

    Praful Bidwai
    21 September 2006
    Article
  18. Global Governance/Politics, Climate Justice & Agrarian/Social Justice: Linkages and Challenges

    04 February 2016

    A packed 2 days combining plenary sessions with parallel sessions in between, with a good balance between cutting-edge academic inputs and practitioner/activist interventions around the issues of resources, land, food sovereignty, environment, energy climate change and much more.

  19. Resisting contemporary land grabs

    Jun Borras
    24 October 2012
    Article

    Land grabs do not always play out the way the investors and their government backers expect, and people are mobilising to resist them.

  20. The Meaning of Land in Myanmar

    • Jennifer Franco, Hannah Twomey, Pietje Vervest, Tom Kramer
    28 January 2016
    Primer

    “Land is like our vein; it is vital for our living. After our land was confiscated, we don’t know what to do for our livelihood,” says a farmer from Kachin State in Myanmar. Today many inhabitants of rural communities in Myanmar live under threat of losing their lands in a battle for resources spurred by ethnic conflict, exploitative land laws, and powerful economic actors. The existence of a legal right to the land does not translate into that right being respected in practice, and people across the country are now working to protect their right to the land.

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