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  • 05/09/2016 GLTN is seeking two Land Experts

    The Global Land Tool Network is seeking two LAND EXPERTS. RESPONSIBILITIES Under the supervision of the Unit Leader of the GLTN, the Land Expert will be expected to  undertake the following duties and responsibilities: Initiate and provide substantive advice and guidance on the implementation of assigned projects and initiatives towards strengthening and scaling-up policies, tools […]

  • New LANDac publication on Land Governance & Food Security

    Lessons on land governance and food security Reflections from Uganda, Ghana and Ethiopia Download report As part of a F&BKP knowledge agenda on land governance and food security, LANDac organised three country-specific learning trajectories on land governance and food security in Uganda, Ghana and Ethiopia. This reflection paper brings together the main findings and outcomes […]

  • LANDac and NWO announce conference: “Climate Change Interventions as a Source of…

    *UPDATE* The deadline for the submission of an abstract for this conferenc has been extended to 2nd October 2016.   LANDac in collaboration with NWO’s Conflict and Cooperation in the Management of Climate Change (CCMCC) programme and IDS-Utrecht University, is pleased to announce a 1.5 day conference to be held in Utrecht (venue to be confirmed) on […]

  • 15/08/2016 Call for abstracts – Changing Food Systems in Africa: Agro-ecology, Food…

    From 24-26 November 2016, the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative for Africa (EOA-I), AfrONet, IFOAM – Organics International and others are organising a 3-day conference on changing food systems in Africa in the context of agro-ecology and nutrition. The conference will feature presentations, plenary discussions, group work sessions and seed/food fairs […]

  • 12/07/2016 News article about the LANDac Conference (in Dutch)

    The Dutch magazine OneWorld has published a news article about the LANDac International Conference 2016. Read the article HERE.

  • 11/07/2016 Publication: Where do I report my land dispute?

    A new publication by Doreen Nancy Kobusingye, Mathijs van Leeuwen and Han van Dijk, focuses on the reporting of land conflicts in Uganda. The article, titled ‘Where do I report my land dispute? The impact of institutional proliferation on land governance in post-conflict Northern Uganda’, has been published in the Journal of Legal Pluralism and […]

  • Follow-up and downloads LANDac conference 2016

    We will be uploading follow-up activities and publications, as well as Powerpoint presentations from the conference in the coming weeks. The first Powerpoint presentations by key note contributors are now available on our website, please find them here: LANDac Conference documents.

  • 29/06/2016 Book of abstracts LANDac Conference 2016 available online

    Now available for download: the book of abstracts of the LANDac International Land Conference 2016: BOOK OF ABSTRACTS

  • 24/06/2016 Country fact sheets on land governance and food security updated and…

    Updated country fact sheets on land governance and food security are now available for download on the LANDac website. As part of the joint knowledge agenda on land governance and food security, the fact sheets – originally compiled in 2012 – have been updated and were extended to better include food security.   The fact […]

  • 23/06/2016 Final programme LANDac International Conference now available

    The final programme for the upcoming LANDac International Conference, on 30 June and 1 July in the Muntgebouw in Utrecht, is now available online. Please see the final programme, including some new speakers here: FINAL programme 30 June-1 July

  • 21/06/2016 Practical information LANDac International Conference

    Registration Registration for the conference is required. You can register by filling out the registration form and sending it to: landacconference2016@gmail.com. The conference fee is EUR 100 and includes coffee, drinks, lunches and a conference walking dinner on Thursday 30 June.   Promoting material In case you are interested in promoting new publications (books, journals, […]

  • 12/06/2016 Three PhD scholarships @ Université catholique de Louvain

    3 PhD scholarships in the social sciences at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).   The selected candidates will be inserted in an interdisciplinary research project, titled ‘Resistance to international prescriptions and injunctions in Africa and the Middle East’. The methodology of this project is based on a case-study approach that focuses on three core settings […]

  • 30/05/2016 Inaugural lecture Bernhard Truffer: The Geography of Sustainability Transitions

    The inaugural lecture of Prof. Bernhard Truffer (Utrecht University) is available online: The geography of sustainability transitions.

  • 19/05/2016 LANDac International Conference: session descriptions available

    Detailed descriptions of sessions have been added to the webpage of the LANDac International Conference 2016. The descriptions highlight focus areas of the sessions, main questions and the chairs of the sessions. More information will be added in the coming weeks. In case of questions about the conference, please contact us through: landacconference2016@gmail.com.

  • 16/05/2016 Vacancies: Utrecht University is looking for 4 Assistant Professors

    Assistant Professors in Human Geography, International Development Studies and Spatial Planning (4 x 0,8/1,0 FTE) Job description The Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning has developed the challenging research programme ‘Urban Futures: Transitions towards Economic and Social Sustainable Cities’. In this programme faculty members from different sub disciplines of human geography and planning work […]

  • 11/05/2016 New publication: LEGEND State of the land debate

    The UK Department for International Development (DfID) has launched its first global State of the Land Debate report today, on the 4th anniversary of the VGGT. The report addresses the Voluntary Guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests (VGGT) and takes stock of implementation initiatives around the world in order to derive […]

  • 10/05/2016 New publication: Soy production in South America: Globalization and new agroindustrial…

    Special Issue, 43(2), March 2016 Soy production in South America: Globalization and new agroindustrial landscapes Guest editors: Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira and Susanna B. Hecht   The entire collection (15 articles) free access for a limited time! through: www.tandfonline.com/r/read-fjps-soy-production Soy in South America constitutes one of the most spectacular booms of agroindustrial commodity production […]

  • 22/04/2016 Vacancy: Research associate in agri-environmental governance, policy analysis and commons research

    Research Associate (100%) in agri-environmental governance, policy analysis and commons research   The Professorship of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Policy with a focus on Governance and Natural Resources (Prof. Insa Theesfeld) is member of the Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg http://www.landw.uni-halle.de/prof/agrarpolitik/. The Professorship offers a full time position starting […]

  • 18/04/2016 Call for abstracts: Symposium on land consolidation and land readjustment for…

    The organising institutions of the Symposium on land consolidation and land readjustment for sustainable development (9-11 November 2016) invite you to submit an abstract on a topic related to the specific themes, or to land consolidation and land readjustment in general. The symposium provides a unique opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences with fellow […]

  • 12/04/2016 Rurban Africa research Narratives

    Rurban Africa research narratives Rurban Africa is a long-term research programme and a collaboration between Utrecht University (IDS), University of Copenhagen, IIED, University de Toulouse le Mirail, Loughborough University, National University of Rwanda, University of Agriculture Tanzania, University of Dschang Cameroun, and the University of Ghana. The goal of the Rurban Africa project is to […]

  • 06/04/2016 Job opening: GIZ Land economist in Ethiopia

    GIZ is looking for a Land Economist for strengthening advisory capacities for land governance in Africa. The  position is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and starts June 1st, 2016. For more information: GIZ Job opportunities.

  • GLTN Vacancies

    The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is recruiting two  Land and Natural Resources experts (P-4 level). The focus of this position is to support the coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the country level work of the GLTN, focusing on priority countries in Africa. Required is an advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in […]

  • Petition: Indigenous leaders’ initiative for the Long March to Rome

    The Long March to Rome was born of a series of discussions held between Dr David Close, Dr Sandra Evers and David J. MacKinnon in Vancouver British Columbia during early Spring, 2014. Further discussions and meetings with numerous hereditary chiefs, elders and interveners representing First Nations groups in Canada and the United States led to […]

  • Publication: Strengthening land rights for women – inspiring examples of interventions supported…

    As part of the Land Governance – Multi-stakeholder Dialogue (LG-MSD), organised by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a booklet was published which highlights inspiring examples of interventions for strengthening land rights for women. The booklet presents cases and examples of interventions supported by the Netherlands and was the response to a call for inspiring […]

  • 18 March 2016: LANDac Masterclass at the World Bank Conference Land &…

    World Bank Conference on Land & Poverty 2016 Scaling up responsible land governance Masterclass: Multi-stakeholder dialogue in land governance: lessons learned and ways forward Room MC C2-131   On Friday 18 March, LANDac and its partners are organizing a Masterclass on experiences and lessons learned regarding multi-stakeholder approaches in land governance.   The question ‘Under what […]

  • 01/03/2016 News LANDac 2016 Annual Land Conference

      The first panel descriptions of panels that are being organized in the context of the 2016 LANDac Annual Land Conference can be found here: panels. In the coming months we will continue to update the information about the conference, including programme and key note speakers. So stay tuned for more news!

  • Online (Dutch): UU Studium Generale lezing ‘Land te koop’

    Annelies Zoomers (IDS Utrecht University/ Chair of LANDac) and Barbara van Paassen (Hoofd beleid en campagne ActionAid) gaven op 24 februari een lezing in het kader van de UU Studium Generale reeks over voedselzekerheid. De lezing is online terug te zien via deze link: https://www.sg.uu.nl/nieuws/2016/land-te-koop   Hieronder een blog over de lezing, van Rick Berends, […]

  • 24/02/2016 LANDac-IASC co-organized panel

    LANDac and the International Association for the study of the commons (IASC) are co-organizing a panel during a European Regional IASC conference in Bern, Switzerland, from 10-13 May 2016: Large scale investments in land and Infrastructure in Africa, Asia and Latin America: what are the consequences for the commons – what is the maneuvering space […]

  • 8 maart: Lancering LAND RIGHTS NOW campaign

    Lancering Land Rights Now campaign 8 maart 13.00 – 14.30 Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, Den Haag De ’Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights’ is een initiatief van Oxfam, Rights and Resources Initiative en de International Land Coalition. De Global Call heeft als doel wereldwijd gemeenschappen, organisaties, overheden en individuen te mobiliseren om het areaal aan land […]

  • New study on Dutch floriculture investments in eastern Africa and the impacts…

    The Netherlands Academy on Land Governance (LANDac)/ IDS Utrecht University has conducted a scoping study on Dutch flower farms, land governance and local food security in eastern Africa within the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). While earlier research focused mainly on evaluating the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of floriculture investments, there is still a […]

  • 16/02/2016 EXTENDED DEADLINE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 26 FEBRUARY 2016

    Due to several requests, we are glad to announce that the deadline for our Call for abstracts – extended deadline is extended until Friday 26 February 2016. You can still send in your abstracts to landacconference2016@gmail.com until Friday (including Friday).   The LANDac Annual International Land Conference will take place on 30 June – 1 July 2016 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The Conference is […]

  • 9/2/2016 New publication: Advances in Responsible Land Administration

    Advances in Responsible Land Administration Jaap Zevenbergen, Walter de Vries, Rohan Mark Bennett Features Delivers cutting-edge approaches for land administration design, implementation, and assessment Includes high-tech descriptions for technical readers whilst adding the human touch for those from softer disciplines Connects the core aspects of land tenure information management around the themes of ‘drivers’, ‘design’, […]

  • 9/2/2016 Launched: 3rd edition of MOOC Natural resources and sustainable development

    Just launched is a third edition of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Ressources naturelles et développement durable’ by the Université catholique de Louvain. The course addresses the link between the exploitation of natural resources (land, water, minerals, forests, etc.) and sustainable development and helps you understand the opportunities and challenges that the presence of natural […]

  • 25/01/2016 Now taking place: online debate on GLTN Gender Evaluation Criteria on…

    Sharing Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Supporting Women’s Land Rights: A debate on the Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC) From 25 January to 5 February, the Land Portal Foundation will be holding a debate on the Global Land Tool Network’s Gender Evaluation Criteria (GEC), which were created to assess the effectiveness of land tools in […]

  • 20/01/2016 Website: Open Development Mekong

    Open Development Cambodia, has launched its new Generation 2 website today, 20 January. On the new website you will find about 100 pages of  briefings covering 17 development sectors, an expanded law compendium, a comprehensive listing of Economic Land Concessions, new maps, and an improved map explorer, as well as the daily news summaries.  You can visit the […]

  • 19/01/2016 Launched: Call for abstracts LANDac Annual International Conference 2016

    Now available: the call for abstracts for the 2nd international LANDac conference on 30 June and 1 July 2016. Please find the complete call here: Call for abstracts

  • 15/01/2016 Overview of publications in the area of water governance

    The Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitiek (German Development Institute) DIE published an overview of their 2014/2015 publications in the areas of transboundary water management, integrated water resources management, water and energy, water governance in agriculture, payments for water-related ecosystem services and other topics. The overview can be accessed here: DIE Water Publications 2014-2015_12Jan2016

  • 13/01/2016 Dynamic learning events held in Africa on land governance and food…

    In early 2015, the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance (LANDac) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) developed a knowledge agenda on land governance and food security. One of the activities addressed as part of the agenda was the development of three country-specific capacity building trajectories in linking land governance and food security. Internationally, the Netherlands is […]

  • LANDac 2016 International Land Conference: 30 June – 1 July 2016

    On 30 June and 1 July 2016, LANDac will be organising a new International Land Conference: Large-scale land acquisition in the context of urban sprawl and climate change – LINKING THE RURAL AND THE URBAN This conference is a follow-up of the 2015 LANDac International Conference Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development (http://www.landgovernance.org/landac-2015-international-land-conference-report-available/). The 2016 […]

  • 14/12/2015 New publication: Theorising the Land – Violent Conflict Nexus

    A new article will be published in the journal World Development (February 2016) entitled ‘Theorising the Land – Violent Conflict Nexus’ by Mathijs van Leeuwen (Leiden University, Radboud University Nijmegen) and Gemma van der Haar (Wageningen University). The full article can be accessed through this link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X15002338 (subscription required).   Summary While disputes over land are prominent […]

  • LANDac 2015 International Land Conference – report available

    The report of the 2015 LANDac International Land Conference Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development is now available. Please find the report here: LANDac 2015 Conference Report

  • GSSC Public Lecture: Annelies Zoomers

    Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, Köln, Germany Wednesday 2 December, 17.45-19.15 Annelies Zoomers, Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands The last two years have seen a huge amount of academic, policy-making and media interest in the increasingly contentious issue of ‘land grabbing’ – the large-scale acquisition of land in the global South. It is a phenomenon which has generated rapid […]

  • 2016 LANDac Summer School in Utrecht – pre-registration now open!

    Land Governance for Development   Period 04 July 2014 – 15 July 2016 (2 weeks)   Course location(s) Utrecht (Utrecht city campus), The Netherlands   Credits 3.0 ECTS credits + Certificate of Attendance   Organizing institution Utrecht University, Faculty of Geosciences (UU)   Course fee (incl. housing) € 895   Level Master level   Large-scale […]

  • New publication: Africa’s land rush

    Africa has been at the centre of a “land grab” in recent years, with investors lured by projections of rising food prices, growing demand for “green” energy, and cheap land and water rights. But such land is often also used or claimed through custom by communities. What does this mean for Africa? In what ways […]

  • 21 December 2015: Urban land grab or fair urbanization?

    On 21 December, Nguyen Quang Phuc from the College of Economics (HCE) Hue University, Vietnam, will publicly defend his PhD thesis ‘Urban land grab or fair urbanization?’ in Utrecht – Academiegebouw.   Please see Events – urban land grab for more information.

  • 12/10/2015 Now online: Photo’s LANDac conference

    Photo’s taken during the 3-day LANDac conference (8-10 July 2015) are now available online. Please check the LANDac Land governance for development Flickr account: Flickr LANDac

  • New vacancy: Technical editor at Geomares BV

    Vacancy in Dutch:   Technical editor Geomares BV, Lemmer, the Netherlands   Functieomschrijving Ben jij de nieuwe Technical Editor voor GIM International, Hydro International en Geo-matching.com? Op korte termijn heeft Geomares Publishing ruimte voor een Technical Editor met passie voor de combinatie redactie en techniek. Onze nieuwe Technical Editor bouwt verder mee aan de leidende positie […]

  • 25/09/2015 New LANDac publication – The moving frontiers of genetically modified soy…

    LANDac PhD Lucia Goldfarb and LANDac partner Gemma van der Haar (Sociology of Development and Change group at Wageningen University) have published a new article titled ‘The moving frontiers of genetically modified soy production: shifts in land control in the Argentinian Chaco’. The article was published in the Journal of Peasant Studies on 23 September […]

  • 21/09/2015 Rabobank statement on land rights

    The Dutch bank Rabobank has published a statement on land rights. The statement refers to the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, as well as mentioning the importance of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). The full text of this statements […]

  • Now open for registration: Workshop Land Governance & Food Security in Uganda

    Now open for registration: LANDac Workshop Land Governance and Food Security in Uganda   When:       26-30 October 2015 (5 days, 4 nights) Where:      Source of the Nile Hotel, Jinja , Uganda   Access to land is vital for inclusive economic growth, sustainable development and food security. Globalization increases national and international pressures on […]

  • New CIFOR vacancy: Gender Post-Doctoral Fellow – Globalized trade and investments

    Gender Post-Doctoral Fellow – Globalized trade and investments   The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a nonprofit, global research organization dedicated to advancing human well-being, environmental conservation and equity. We conduct research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of tropical and sub-tropical forest landscapes. We help […]

  • Vacancies at the Global Land Tool Network

    The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an alliance of global regional and national partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved land management and security of tenure particularly through the development and dissemination of pro-poor and gender-sensitive land tools. GLTN currently has a number of consultancy vacancies, including: Consultant Lead Evaluator and Consultant […]

  • International land coalition seeks two long-term consultants

    Deadline: 30/08/2015 Country: Italy The International Land Coalition is a coalition of 207 organisations from 64 countries.  ILC’s function as a network brings together diverse but complementary efforts, particularly between intergovernmental and civil society organisations. ILC supports its members through its three strategic Objectives: connecting members with each other and with change-makers beyond the Coalition; mobilising members […]

  • New internship opportunity (deadline 3 August): Indigenous and community land rights at…

    Oxfam Novib Internship on Indigenous and community land rights The Oxfam Novib Academy is looking for a student with a relevant background in the area of land rights about for the duration of 3-6 months and at least 3 days a week. (Internship) Start Date: 31st of August (Apply before 3 August!) Oxfam Novib is […]

  • LANDac 2015 Conference – outcomes and documents

    On 8, 9 and 10 July 2015, over 250 experts from academia, civil society organizations, governments, farmers organizations, financial institutions and private sector gathered in Utrecht for the LANDac International Conference on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development. Participants traveled from more than 35 different countries worldwide, to share experiences and research, learn from […]

  • Two internship opportunities at the International Land Coalition!

    Deadline: 21/07/2015 Region: Global (including Europe) Are you a university student or recent grad? Are you interested in women’s land rights issues and/or the governance of a global, multi-stakeholder network? If so, ILC has just opened up two opportunities in its internship programme and we are looking for motivated candidates ready to join the ILC family! […]

  • New vacancy Utrecht University: Assistant Professor in Geo-Computation and Natural Hazards (1.0…

    Assistant Professor in Geo-Computation and Natural Hazards (1.0 FTE)   Job description The Land Degradation and Geo-Computation Group within the Department of Physical Geography aims at understanding terrestrial ecosystem functioning with an emphasis on natural hazards, land degradation and hydrological processes. Advanced and innovative earth observation techniques and field-/laboratory experiments are combined with spatio-temporal modelling […]

  • 19/02/2015 Land governance and food security – new knowledge agenda launched

    The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance (LANDac) have developed a knowledge agenda on land governance and food security. Two activities have been taken up: a scoping study on the linkages between land governance and food security, and the development of a capacity building trajectory on the same issues. […]

  • New article: Impacts of large-scale farming on local communities’ food security and…

    LANDac PhD researcher Maru Shete has published in co-authorship with Dr. Marcel Rutten of the African Studies Centre a new article based on his PhD research in Oromia Region, Ethiopia. The new publication in Land Use Policy looks at the impacts of large-scale farming on local communities’ food security and income levels.   Abstract This article […]

  • Report VGGT Masterclass

    On 15 April, partners organized a Masterclass on the ‘Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security’ (VGGT). The Masterclass was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and chaired by LANDac.   A report of this event is available here.

  • New article: Natural resource privatisation in Sub-Saharan Africa and the challenges for…

    LANDac PhD alumnus George Schoneveld and LANDac Chair Annelies Zoomers have published an article entitled ‘Natural resource privatisation in Sub-Saharan Africa and the challenges for inclusive green growth’ in the International Development Planning Review (IDPR).   Abstract In response to recent accumulation crises, the development community has begun to call for greater focus on ‘inclusive green […]

  • NOW OPEN: Registration LANDac course ‘Land governance for development’

    Large-scale acquisition of land in the global South has received a great deal of interest in the last few years. Especially following the food crisis (2003-08), and stimulated by the growing demand for biofuels, pressure on land continues to increase. This course provides a multidisciplinary analysis of the ‘land rush’ within the more general context […]

  • New E-publication: JARAK the short history of Jatropha projects in Indonesia

    JARAK, the short history of Jatropha projects in Indonesia The E-publication of JARAK presents the main results of the studies conducted for the research program “JARAK: The Commoditization of an Alternative Biofuel Crop in Indonesia” at Leiden University (Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Development) with partner institutions in Indonesia and the Netherlands. At […]

  • 2015 LANDac Conference (8-9-10 July) – Register now!

    The deadline for our call for abstracts is now closed. For opportunities for collaboration during the conference, or to register as a conference participant, please send an e-mail to the LANDac secretariat at landac.geo@uu.nl. The LANDac International Conference on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development will take place on 8, 9 and 10 July 2015 in […]

  • Secure and equitable land rights in the Post-2015 agenda

    Secure and equitable land rights in the Post-2015 agenda. A key issue in the future we want This technical briefing authored by a number of international organizations working on food security, natural resources management and poverty eradication and endorsed by many local civil society organizations around the world strongly encourages governments to keep the profile […]

  • 27/01/2015 Global trends in land tenure reform: gender impacts (NEW PUBLICATION)

    ‘Global trends in land tenure reform: gender impacts’ edited by Caroline Archambault (Utrecht University, International Development Studies) and Annelies Zoomers (Utrecht University, International Development Studies/ Chair of LANDac), will be published in February 2015. The book explores the gendered dimensions of recent land governance transformations across the globe in the wake of unprecedented pressures on […]

  • Lunch lecture: Land governance, commercial land acquisition and rural development in Africa…

    LANDac and the Dutch Ministries of Economic Affairs and Foreign Affairs kindly invite you to a lunch lecture by Dr. Chris Huggins. ‘Land Governance, commercial land acquisition and rural development in Africa – some observations from the Great Lakes Region’ When: Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 (12.00 – 12.30 hrs: sandwiches; 12.30 – 14.00 hrs: lecture […]

  • Dilemmas of hydropower development in Vietnam: between dam-induced displacement and sustainable development

    On 13 January, Ty Pham Huu successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled ‘Dilemma’s of hydropower development in Vietnam: between dam-induced displacement and sustainable development’ in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Ty’s work has been closely dovetailed with LANDac research and dissemination activities. In his thesis, he gives considerable attention to land-related impacts and challenges linked to hydropower […]

  • February/ March 2015: free online course (in French) on natural resources and…

    In February and March, an online course (in French) on natural resources and sustainable development will be available for free! The course focuses on the linkages between the exploitation of natural resources (land, water, minerals, forests etc.) and sustainable development. The course offers insights into the opportunities and challenges of the availability of natural resources […]

  • 20/11/2014 Forthcoming publication (early 2015) – Global trends in land tenure reforms:…

    We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication ‘Global trends in land tenure reforms: gender impacts’, due to be launched in the first half of 2015. The book explores the gendered dimensions of recent land governance transformations across the globe in the wake of unprecedented pressures on land and natural resources. These complex contemporary forces […]

  • 29/10/2014 New publication: ‘Losing your land’

    New publication: Losing your land – Dispossession in the Great Lakes Dispossession of land on a small scale can have as great an impact on living conditions as large-scale land-grabs. With the increasing commodification of land, new forms of dispossession, in urban as well as rural districts, are also gaining in importance. This book looks […]

  • 20/10/2014 – Principles for responsible agriculture and food investments are approved

    Principles for responsible agriculture and food investments are approved Rome, 16 October 2014 During the 2014 annual meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) from 13-18 October in Rome, governments from around the world have approved a landmark set of principles meant to guide investment in agriculture and food systems, aimed at assuring […]

  • 20/10/2014 – Vacancy announcement: Land Matrix Project Support Coordinator

    Vacancy announcement: Land Matrix Initiative Project Support Unit Coordinator Deadline for applications: 31 October 2014 The Land Matrix Initiative (LMI) is a global and independent initiative monitoring competition over land use in the Global South. Its goal is to facilitate an open development community of citizens, researchers, policy-makers and technology specialists to promote transparency and […]

  • 16/10/2014 – Available now: report of the launch of the World Bank…

    On 11 September 2014, LANDac organized, together with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the World Bank Group, a launch of the new World Bank publication ‘Voice & Agency: empowering women and girls for shared prosperity’ in The Hague. The report and presentation gives specific attention to issues of women and land. The report […]

  • 15/10/2014 – Deadline call for papers LDPI Conference 5-6 June 2015, Thailand

    Deadline for abstracts is 31 October 2014! CALL FOR PAPERS International Academic Conference Land Grabbing: Perspectives from East and Southeast Asia 5-6 June 2015 Chiang Mai University, Thailand The Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI, www.iss.nl/ldpi) is collaborating with several initiatives and institutions to hold an international conference with a regional focus on East and Southeast […]

  • 09/09/2014 – Debate on 21 October: How do we stop land grabbing?

    On October 21st, activists, companies, investors, scientists and Dutch government representatives will come together in De Balie in Amsterdam, to debate the best way to end land grabbing due to rising palm oil demand. Hosted by Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands); LANDac Chair Annelies Zoomers is one of the panelists. Entrance is free, but […]

  • 26/09/2014 Now available: Report ‘The global Jatropha Curcas hype: What can we…

    The final report of the conference ‘The global Jatropha Curcas hype: What can we learn from the boom and bust of a miracle crop?’ held on 19 and 20 June 2014, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is now available. The conference, organized by LANDac, the IDS group at Utrecht University, Van Vollenhoven Institute Addis Ababa University, […]

  • 18/09/2014 – Call for cases

    LANDac is calling for cases of domestic or foreign investments or activities in agriculture in the Global South that are models in which due attention is paid to issues of sustainable development, inclusive growth and food security; with specific attention for the local land governance situation. LANDac activities in this area include short- and long-term […]

  • 12/09/2014 – Successful launch World Bank report Voice & Agency

    Together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, LANDac organized the Dutch launch of the World Bank report ‘Voice & Agency: Empowering women and girls for shared prosperity’ last week in The Hague. The launch was attended by more than 50 representatives and experts working on gender issues and land issues. The report was presented by […]

  • 09/09/2014 – Call for papers: World Bank Conference 2015

    The World Bank announces that the 16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty will be held at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., from March 23 – 26, 2015. The conference theme will be “Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity.” The organizers invite the submission of 800 to 1,500 word […]

  • 04/09/2014 – Indigenous peoples groups organize walk to Rome

    On May 1, 2015, a group of indigenous peoples, hereditary chiefs and elders will arrive in the city of Paris France where they will take their first steps of a historic pilgrimage towards Rome, Italy, along the ancient Via Francigena Road. The Long March to Rome was born of a series of discussions held between […]

  • 04/09/2014 – Consultancy: Global Land Tool Network partnership and networking officer

    Organizational Location: Land/GLTN Unit, ULLG, UN-Habitat – UNOPS Functional Title: Consultancy: Partnership and Networking Officer Duty Station: Nairobi Duration: 12 months (with possible extension) Closing Date: 15 September 2014 The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN/the Network) is an alliance of global, regional and national partners aiming to contribute to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved […]

  • 04/09/2014 – Postdoc vacancy at CICAM: land conflicts, land governance and justice

    Postdoc Land Conflict and Local Governance Reform in Eastern DRC and South Sudan (0,8 rte) Nijmegen School of Management Maximum salary: € 4,462 gross/month Vacancy number: 27.13.14 Application deadline: 28 September 2014 Responsibilities As a post doctoral researcher at the Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management (CICAM) you will be responsible for research activities […]

  • 03/09/2014 – Food Security consultation: open until 14 September 2014

    A review of Dutch food security policy is in the makings. By the end of this year, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Affairs will send a joint food security policy paper to the Dutch Parliament. The Food & Business Knowledge Platform has established this online consultation to ensure that the newest topics and […]

  • 27/08/2014 – Start of the new Land Governance Multi-stakeholder Dialogue

    Yesterday, 26th of August, Minister Ploumen chaired a first meeting of the Land Governance Multi-stakeholder Dialogue in the Hague. The meeting signaled the start of the new dialogue between financial institutions, pension funds, big companies, NGOs, knowledge institutes and the government about how to prevent land grabbing in developing countries. An interview with Minister Ploumen […]

  • 25/08/2014 – Vacancy at The Broker: Knowledge Broker Food Security & Inclusive…

    The Broker is partner in the Office of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. The Broker is currently looking for a Knowledge Broker Food Security & Inclusive Economy (0,6 FTE), who will work partly for the Office of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform in The Hague. The Broker is a vibrant knowledge hub of […]

  • 18/08/2014 – Vacancy at Oxfam Novib: Campaigner Community Land Rights

    Campaigner Community Land Rights 32 hours per week Contract period: one year  The Hague Job purpose The campaigner Community Land Rights will have a coordination role within an international consortium of organisations on the development and implementation of a joint campaign strategy around community land rights issues. Main tasks: Leading the development of a joint […]

  • 18/08/2014 – Successful 5th edition of the LANDac course ‘Land governance for…

    From 7 – 18 July 2014, LANDac organized its fifth summer school course ‘Land Governance for Development’ in cooperation with the Utrecht Summer School in the historic centre of Utrecht. The fifth edition of the 2-week course drew the largest number of course participants so far with 28 attending development practitioners, PhD students, MSc students, […]

  • 18/08/2014 – The global land grab as modern day corporate colonialism

    In the article ‘The global land grab as modern day corporate colonialism, LANDac partners Mayke Kaag (African Studies Centre) and Annelies Zoomers (International Development Studies, Utrecht University) reflect on the debate around large-scale land acquisitions, based on their recent edited volume ‘The Global Land Grab – Beyond The Hype’. Based on a number of diverse […]

  • EU support to rural land governance – state of play 2014

    This brochure provides an overview of EuropeAid’s support to responsible governance of land tenure. It demonstrates the level of EU commitment to rural land governance and aims to facilitate coordination with other stakeholders at global, continental and country level. The factsheet was produced and distributed at the European Parliament – Europeaid High Level Conference “Land tenure […]

  • Report book launch ‘The Global Land Grab – Beyond The Hype’

    On 3 July 2014 LANDac organized an official launch of the new publication ‘The Global Land Grab: Beyond the Hype’ edited by LANDac partners Dr. Mayke Kaag and Prof. Dr. Annelies Zoomers. Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, received a copy of the publication. Around 80 interested participants joined the presentation and […]

  • 11 September 2014 – NL Launch World Bank report ‘Voice and Agency:…

    On Thursday morning, 11 September 2014, LANDac together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organizes a launch of the World Bank report ‘Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity’. The Director of Gender of the World Bank, Jeni Klugman, will be present at this presentation and discussion. Klugman will shortly introduce the report […]

  • Job – LANDac Postdoc land governance and food security (0.8 fte) –…

    Specifications Function types Postdoc positions, Research, Development, Innovation Scientific fields Natural Sciences Hours 32.0 hours per week Salary € 2799 – € 3831 Education Doctorate Job number 675245 Translations en About employer Utrecht University Short link www.academictransfer.com/23847 Apply for this job Job description LANDac is a partnership between several Dutch organizations and their Southern partners involved […]

  • 3 July: LANDac book launch & discussion with Minister Ploumen

    The Hague, the Netherlands 12.00 – 14.00 hrs, Max van der Stoel room, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bezuidenhoutseweg 67, The Hague Registration required! Please register by sending an e-mail with your full name and affiliation to g.betsema@uu.nl.  Programme 12.00 – 12.30 Walk-in and lunch 12.30 – 12.35 Welcome by Frits van der Wal (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) […]

  • Report lunch meeting ‘dealing strategically with land issues: the case of benin’

    On Monday May 12, 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, LANDac and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform organized a lunch meeting: “Dealing strategically with land issues – the case of Benin”. The lunch meeting was opened by Frits van der Wal (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) who gave an introduction about the Ministry’s activities on […]

  • Virtual Briefing: Opportunities for private sector engagement on land

    The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development secretariat will host a virtual briefing with Duncan Pruett, Land Policy Advisor at Oxfam Novib, and Chris Jochnick, Director of Private Sector, Oxfam America on 06 May, starting 15:00 CEST. Topic Owing to the interest expressed by a number of individual members of the Global Donor Group, in […]

  • New Publication: The Global land grab as modern day corporate colonialism

    In ‘The global land grab as modern day corporate colonialism’, Mayke Kaag and Annelies Zoomers reflect on the land grab debate so far and go beyond the expression of the global land grab …

  • New Online Course on Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

    A new course (in French) about natural resources and sustainable development is now available through the edX website: ‘Ressources naturelles et developpement durable’. The 7-week course (4-6 hours per week) looks at the links between natural resource use (land, water, minerals, forests etc) and sustainable development. Both opportunities and challenges at local and global level […]

  • 2014 Day-To-Day programme LANDac Summer School “Landegovernance for development”

    Land is a priority issue in international development research, practice and policy making.

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