Land grabbing in Africa: global resource scarcity and competition for survival

Published on Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab (Hosted by: Devnet, Uppsala University, SLU), by SIANI, October 18, 2011.

… To secure future access to food and biofuels, private and state actors in wealthy countries (including the oil states) are increasingly buying or leasing farmland in the Global South, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some argue that this is recreating old colonial patterns of land ownership and distribution of power, threatening livelihoods of the rural poor.  

Others hold that such agricultural investments provide much needed means for economic development. In this one-day workshop, we will explore the phenomenon of land grabbing from theoretical and practical perspectives, and invite all interested to a constructive and lively discussion. Detailed program will be posted in September.


  • Philip McMichael, Cornell University, A food regime analysis of the land grab
  • Kenneth Hermele, Lund University, Land grabbing in relation to energy, climate and the current resource crises
  • Patrick Bond, University of KwaZulu Natal, Land grabbing in practice, experiences from Africa
  • Atakilte Beyene, Stockholm Environment Institute, Land rights and corporate social responsibility
  • Henning Melber, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Concluding observations

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