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From6 April 2011
in Brighton (United Kingdom)

The focus of the conference will be on the politics of global land grabbing
and agrarian change.

Organised by the Land Deals Politics Initiative ( LDPI) in collaboration with
the Journal of Peasant Studies [1]and hosted by the Future Agricultures
Consortium [2]at the Institute of Development Studies [3], University of

6-8 April 2011

Organising committee: Jun Borras (ISS, Netherlands), Ruth Hall (PLAAS, South
Africa), Ian Scoones (IDS, UK), Wendy Wolford (Cornell, USA), Ben White (ISS,

For more information please visit:

[2] http://capacity4more.acc/index.php

Thorben Kruse posted Information 23 February 2010

Ethiopia is chosen for this case study since the countries government puts a lot of effort on attracting FDIs in order to push agricultural and rural development. FDI flows in the agribusiness sector have increased highly in Ethiopia in the last 3 years (since 2006).

Thorben Kruse posted Information 9 September 2010

Mis)Investment in Agriculture concludes that the promotion of investor access into developing country land markets threatens local food security, displaces local populations, and therefore operates in direct violation of IFC’s Performance Standards as well as several UN Human Rights Conventions.

Thorben Kruse posted Information 9 September 2010

The report looks at the extent of these deals for agrofuels and questions the impacts on local communities and the environment.

Thorben Kruse posted Information 22 April 2010

The dominant storyline of land-grabbing as a threat is ceding ground to a new story line promoted, amongst other, by the World Bank—that of the new land deals as a potential opportunity for rural development. But this supposed win-win formula raises many problems, doubts and concerns

Thorben Kruse posted Information 12 February 2010

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the GTZ Sector Projects “Land Management”, “Agricultural Policy and Food Security“ and the Future Initiative “AgroInvest” have published a new study about „Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Land in developin

Thorben Kruse posted Information 8 December 2009

This paper analyses the battle for land in developing countries. It starts by giving a general overview of the need to increase investments in agriculture to counteract a rising number of people suffering from hunger.

Thorben Kruse posted Information 19 April 2010

Over the past years vast tracks of agricultural lands have been taken over by foreign firms. Much of this land is located in African countries with fast increasing populations suffering hunger and under-nourishment. Such land grabbing has been happening largely outside public scrutiny.

Thorben Kruse posted Information 9 July 2010

A new updated select bibliography of reports on biofuels, land rights in Africa and global land grabbing. Over 70 organizations are cited, with the majority of reports coming from FAO, GRAIN, SCI-DEV NET, Pambazuka News, IIED, and OHCHR.

Thorben Kruse posted Information 9 September 2010

Following the official launch in Washington on 8 Sep, the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development together with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will host an online discussion for four weeks at