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    Beyond the BRICS' Rhetoric: An Inquiry on South-South Land grabbing

    • Tomaso Ferrando
    18 November 2014
    Report

    BRICS countries’ investors play an increasingly crucial role in land investments. Just as the global trend of increased interest and investment in land has led to a surge of land grabbing, BRICS investments have proved no different.

  2. ‘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.

  3. No Compromise on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to FPIC in the CFS!

    13 October 2014
    Declaration

    Ensuring that investment in agriculture is done responsibly is vital for indigenous peoples, whose identities and cultural survival are inextricably linked to their lands and natural resources. Respecting this link is a fundamental principle in international law and jurisprudence, the recognition of which indigenous peoples have fought for and won and which reaffirms their right to determine the outcome of decision-making that affects them, rather than merely being involved in the process.

  4. Political brief on the Principles on Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Foodsystems

    • Sylvia Kay
    11 March 2015
    Policy briefing

    The RAI principles do not move further in navigating the slippery terrain of defining ‘responsible’ versus ‘irresponsible’ investment - possibly resulting in them doing more harm than good. It is essential to push back against a regressive use of the principles and monitor what other actors are doing in the name of the principles.

  5. Attack on fracking ban

    Ilana Solomon, Lori Wallach
    05 November 2015
    Multi-media
  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.

  7. Voluntary Guidelines on the Tenure of Land Fisheries and Forests

    19 March 2012
    Article

    These Guidelines, when understood as rights to land, fisheries and forests, are another tool in the ongoing struggle to eradicate hunger from the world.

  8. Audio: Farmers speak out to defend land sovereignty

    Radio Mundo Real
    13 October 2011
    Article

    Social movement representatives are in Rome this week for the final UN negotiations to adopt voluntary guidelines that would regulate the use and possession of land and other natural resources.

  9. Call for proposals on insights in authoritarian populism and the rural world

    16 May 2017
    Article

    ERPI is starting a Working Paper series, supported by a limited number of small grants, to allow for the writing up of original research. In parallel they are inviting short contributions in a variety of media that help to map out responses and alternatives. The Initiative will hold a major international conference, bringing this work together, with the aim of thinking together about new directions, both for academic research and practical action.

  10. The Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure at a Crossroads

    10 December 2015
    Declaration

    More than three years after the adoption of the Tenure Guidelines land and natural resource grabs in all forms continue unabated around the world, visiting their devastating impacts on local communities, environments with related human rights violations. The implementation and application of the Tenure Guidelines, therefore, remains a matter of extreme urgency.

  11. Bibliography on biofuels, land rights and global land grabbing

    24 October 2012
    Article

    Want to hit the ground running on the issues of biofuels, land rights in Africa and the global land grab? Here are some excellent reading suggestions. 

  12. The Land-Drugs Nexus in Myanmar

    Tom Kramer
    06 August 2015
    Multi-media

    Farmers in Myanmar use opium as a cash crop, “because they cannot grow enough food to feed their families for the whole year”.

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    Land 'grabs' expand to Europe as big business blocks entry to farming

    18 April 2013
    In the media

    Land rights not just issue for developing world as report shows public subsidies help a few firms 'grab' vast tracts of EU land

  14. What makes the reformed Committee on World Food Security potentially attractive?

    Nora McKeon
    22 April 2016
    Multi-media

    The Committee for World Food Security is a privileged observation point to reflect on how global food governance and social mobilization intersect.

  15. Storify: Colloquium on the Future of Food and Agriculture in the 21st Century

    01 May 2017
    Infograph

    Academics and activists come together to discuss who, how and with what social, economic and ecological implications we will feed the world. Together we will deepen our shared analysis, feed our curiosity, and work towards a shared vision of just and sustainable food systems.

  16. 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.

  17. Confronting authoritarian populism: challenges for agrarian studies

    Ian Scoones
    08 November 2017
    Article

    In this article, Ian Scoones discusses the implications and challenges for how we think about agrarian issues in the context of authoritarian populism.

  18. 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.

  19. The Global Land Grab

    11 October 2012
    Primer

    A concise and indispensable critical guide to the global phenomenon of land grabbing. Find out how the global land grab is justified, what is driving it, why transparency and guidelines won't stop it, and learn about alternatives that could enable people and communities to regain control of their land and territories.

  20. Land in Zimbabwe

    Ian Scoones
    27 September 2011
    Article

    Zimbabwe's political crisis staggers on, but the untold story is that the agricultural economy is recovering well. In-depth research in Masvingo province shows that despite abuses and corruption in land reform, there have also been successful results from land-redistribution.

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