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    Rural Democratisation: (Re)Framing rural poor political action

    • Jennifer Franco
    01 February 2008
    Paper

    With two-thirds of the world’s poor rural poor, rural democratisation is clearly relevant and urgent, but at the same time an especially difficult--and underestimated--challenge. If democracy is to be organically rooted in any society, the struggle to “get there” must systematically be opened up to integrate rural poor citizens system-wide, taking stock of their aspirations and, more importantly, their existing efforts to gain control of decision-making affecting their lives.

  2. 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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    Land, Rural Social Movements and Democratisation in Indonesia

    Dianto Bachriadi
    30 June 2009
    Article

    Although support from urban-based students and activists was important, the rural protest in Indonesia during President Suharto's regime was built on continued protest and organisation around land issues.

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    Contemporary discourses and contestations around pro-poor land policies and land governance

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    12 January 2010
    Paper

    The concern for ‘pro-poor’ land policy has coincided with the mainstream promotion of efficient administration of land policies, leading to the concept of ‘land governance’. This paper aims at better understanding of contemporary policy discourses and political contestations around land and land governance.

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    The Politics of Transnational Agrarian Movements

    • Jun Borras
    12 October 2010
    Paper

    Transnational Agrarian Movements (TAMs) have emerged in the last decade, resisting and contesting unfair land policies; but how do they differ from region to region, and how do their ideological, political and institutional differences affect their relationship to international development agencies?

  6. Small-scale farmers increasingly at risk from 'global land grabbing'

    Jun Borras, Ian Scoones, David Hughes
    15 April 2011
    Article

    New research on the global rush for agricultural land shows that small-scale farmers will increasingly lose out to major corporations as land deals ignore local tenure rights.

  7. 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.

  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.

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    Land, conflict and the challenge of pro-poor peace-building

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    25 October 2011
    Paper

    There is a lot of contention over approaches to land reform policy, in terms of how to involve the state, the market and communities; but what matters most for a socio-economically and politically sustainable solution, is that the policy is genuinely 'pro-poor'.

  10. 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.

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    A ‘Land Sovereignty’ Alternative?

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    06 July 2012
    Report

    Land sovereignty is the right of working peoples to have effective access to, use of, and control over land and the benefits of its use and occupation, where land is understood as resource, territory, and landscape.

  12. 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.

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    Global Tree Plantation Expansion

    • Markus Kröger
    16 October 2012
    Paper

    The expansion of tree plantations and non-food crops is frequently left out of analysis on land grabbing, but is a crucial part of the picture. This paper provides an up-to-date review of tree plantations worldwide and summarises the latest research and data on their impact.

  14. 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. 

  15. 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.

  16. European and Asian leaders' summit displaces farming community

    Pietje Vervest, Sylvia Kay
    06 November 2012
    Article

    Delegates of the 9th Asia European Heads of Government Meeting (ASEM9) may not have known that the luxury villas, in which they met, had displaced a thriving farming community. But the story of the land grab is all too familiar one and casts doubt on the commitment of Asian and European nations to work for food security and sustainable development.

     
  17. Accusations of landgrabbing overshadow ASEM

    06 November 2012
    In the media

    According to NGOs active in Laos, the recent ASEM 9 conference was held on land that had been taken away from local residents. They say this is representative of an increase in landgrabs across Asia.

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    Competing political tendencies in global governance of land grabbing

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras, Chunyu Wang
    14 December 2012
    Paper

    Three political tendencies have emerged in response to land grabbing that are shaping the global debate and the potential future trajectory of land governance.

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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”.

  20. 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.

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