A global land rush is underway and land-based investment is a hot topic on the international scene. How can such investment boost economies, local empowerment and prospects for sustainability rather than cause dispossession of land, conflicts over benefits and degradation of resources?
I Brasilien breder storskalig odling för export ut sig. I kölvattnet av denna utveckling fördrivs småbrukare från sin mark, Amazonas skogar huggs ner och det växande industrijordbruket leder till allvarliga miljöproblem.
The rapidly increasing interest for commercial investments in land for large-scale agricultural production of biofuels, food, feed etc., particularly noticeable in Africa and other developing regions, is by many seen as a “curse” because it risk to deprive local people of their access to land and other natural resources need- ed for their livelihood.
The first event this year is a thematic research networking meeting the 23rd of January, at 13.00-14.45, on “Community Rights and Large-Scale Land Investments”. The meeting will be held in Gothenburg at School of Business, Economics and Law, Vasagatan 1, Room D-31.
The subject of transnational land acquisitions, infamously referred to as land grabbing, has increasingly become an important policy concern in Africa as acquisitions have grown in scale and number. Is this another case of corrupt African leaders selling their citizens short or simply governments pursuing an economic development opportunity?