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  1. Sacrifice zones in rural and non-metro USA: fertile soil for authoritarian populism

    Marc Edelman
    21 February 2018
    Article

    Sacrifice zones – abandoned, economically shattered places – are spreading in historically white rural areas and small towns across the United States. Rural decline fosters regressive authoritarian politics.

  2. Authoritarian elitism and popular movements in Brazil

    Wendy Wolford, Sérgio Sauer
    07 March 2018
    Article

    Can a president institute radical popular change alongside structural inequality and a militarized elite? The Brazilian case suggests that a progressive political party requires more social movement mobilization, not less.

  3. ‘There is no voice of real farmers’

    Portia Larlee
    11 December 2014
    Article

    The release of the draft policy, part of a process towards enacting a new National Land Law and “harmonising” existing legislation, was greeted with objections and criticism from farmers’ organisations and ethnic minority groups throughout the country.

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    Farmland meets Finance

    • Madeleine Fairbairn
    27 May 2014
    Report

    At the turn of the 21st century, farmland was still considered an investment backwater by most of the financial sector. Although some insurance companies have had farmland holdings for years, most financial investors found farmland, and agricultural investment in general, unappealing compared to the much higher returns to be made in financial markets.

  5. The Global Ocean Grab: A Primer

    • Jennifer Franco, Pietje Vervest, Timothé Feodoroff, Carsten Pedersen, Ricarda Reuter, Mads Barbesgaard
    02 September 2014
    Primer

    This primer unveils a new wave of ocean grabbing, answering the most important questions about the mechanisms that facilitate it and the impacts on people and the environment.

  6. What is governance? The issue of land and rights

    Padraig Carmody
    22 April 2016
    Multi-media

    What is governance? There are different definitions, but it can be conceived as the way that authority is exercised. Governance is networked, globalised, territorialised and differentiated. Governance has different objectives for different actors and actor networks. While it is a contested concept, globally governance is becoming increasingly financialised, and in some cases this includes land governance.

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    Ceasefires facilitating land grabs: Think tank

    10 June 2013
    In the media

    A briefing paper jointly published earlier this month by the Netherlands-based think tank groups has asserted that new ceasefires that have been signed since 2011 have further facilitated land grabbing in conflict-affected areas where large development projects in resource-rich ethnic regions have already taken place.

  8. Marine Protected Areas in South Africa - ocean grabbing by another name

    Timothé Feodoroff, Mads Barbesgaard, Carsten Pedersen
    24 November 2014
    Article

    On World Fisheries Day, fisher peoples and their allies are taking to the streets and beaches to fight against ocean grabbing in all its forms - including Marine Protected Areas imposed without consultation that rob and criminalise local communities and benefit only privileged outsiders.

  9. The Challenge of Democratic and Inclusive Land Policymaking in Myanmar

    • Jennifer Franco, Pietje Vervest, Tom Kramer, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Hannah Twomey
    16 February 2015
    Report

    Myanmar's National Land Use Policy promises to make profound changes to the current economic, social, and political-institutional landscape. This is an important and bold step, but its impact will depend on how it addresses the often “messy” details of actual land based social relations.

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    Ethnic Activists Warn of Surge in Land Grabs After Ceasefires

    14 May 2013
    In the media

    About 40 ethnic activist groups are calling on the government, ethnic militias and the international community to address a surge in land-grabbing, as companies move into Burma’s ethnic regions following recent ceasefire agreements.

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    ‘Rule of Law’ Will End Land Grabs in Ethnic Areas, Official Tells Activists

    13 May 2013
    In the media

    An advisor to President Thein Sein met with a group of ethnic activists in Naypyidaw on Friday and tried to assuage their concerns over a recent rise in land conflicts in Burma’s ethnic areas.

  12. Transnational agrarian movements: struggling for land and citizenship rights

    Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    01 April 2009
    Article
    La Vía Campesina’s transnational campaign in protest against neoliberal land policies has helped to generate new meanings of global citizenship.
     
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    A hard rain’s a gonna fall…….

    22 May 2013
    In the media

    Countries, such as Britain, Poland and South Africa are trying to introduce gas fracking, in the face of considerable popular opposition.

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    Three quarters of new land concessions unused: ministry

    15 December 2013
    In the media

    New data shows that less than one-quarter of the area of large-scale land concessions awarded to businesses since 2010-11 is being used for agriculture. This raises “serious questions” about the government’s land use policies.

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    Occupy the Farm

    • Antonio Roman-Alcalá
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    Using the case study of the 2012 illegal occupation of farmland owned by the University of California (“Occupy the Farm”), this paper investigates the promises and practical limits of constructing food sovereignty through direct action in the global North. Many grassroots activists find inspiration in the work of the Landless Peasant Movement (MST), La Via Campesina, and the concept(s) of Food Sovereignty (FS); many also express desires to transcend the market/state dichotomy through the creation of “commons”.

  16. Investing for Development?

    17 September 2015
    Report

    The new CONCORD and Hands on the Land publication ‘Investing for Development?’ examines the impacts of the EU’s investment regime on food security, the Right to Food and land governance.

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    Tourism and Land Grabbing in Bali

    • Ruben Rosenberg Colorni
    09 February 2018
    Report

    The island of Bali is home to a rich and unique system of agriculture, based around traditional water management systems developed over the last 1200 years. However, growing pressure from the expansion of the tourist trade as well as the effects of climate change are putting these systems at risk. Farmers are fighting to preserve their livelihoods and maintain a base for local food sovereignty in Bali, but significant changes to policy and practice are needed to protect their rights to land, water, and seed.

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    Land Conflicts and the Criminalization of Peasant Movements in Paraguay

    • FIAN International, La Via Campesina
    30 August 2014
    Report

    On June 15, 2012, seventeen people— farmers and police officers—were killed in Curuguaty, Paraguay. This report focuses on the enabling conditions in the land governance structure that allowed this massacre to take place, detailing a climate of violence and impunity, the absence of protections for small and landless farmers, and the use of state repression in the service of the country’s powerful landed elite.

  19. Land politics, agrarian movements and scholar-activism

    • Jun Borras
    21 April 2016

    Land politics and the social movements mobilizing around land have changed profoundly, inspiring a new generation of scholar-activists. Professor Saturnino ('Jun') M. Borras explores land politics, agrarian movements and scholar-activism in his inaugural lecture at the International Institute for Social Studies. 

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