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  • 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.

  • Call for papers & Participation: “Beyond Land Grabbing” seminar Roskilde, Denmark

    Roskilde University is hosting a seminar on “Beyond landgrabbing: New perspectives on large-scale land acquisitions in Africa and South-East Asia on May 20, 2014.

  • Vacancy Announcement : Internship Justitia et PAX Nederland – landrechten

    Justitia et Pax Nederland is looking for an intern ‘Economic and social rights’ from 1 May – 1 September for 4 days per week. Activities include supporting the programme officer economic and social rights, and in particular the programme on land rights; conducting research into land rights and land conflicts in Africa and Asia; supporting […]

  • Invitation to submit cases: Sustainable land and water programme

    Sustainable Land and Water Programme – Sustainable Trade Initiative Launch The Sustainable Land and Water Program was launched on Friday 28 February 2014 in The Hague. The event consisted of an expert and engagement meeting in the morning and a public launch in the afternoon. The expert meeting convened a wide range of experts in […]

  • Vacancy: Assistant professor in international development studies with expertise in urban and…

    The Department of Human Geography and Planning (SGPL) at Utrecht University seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in International Development Studies (IDS) with extensive field experience (in Africa, Asia and/or Latin America) and with expertise in the field of urban and land governance, focusing on rural/urban dynamics, responsible business and/or sustainable livelihoods. This position will augment […]

  • New LANDac Publication: The Global Land Grab – Beyond the hype

    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 …

  • LANDac becomes partner of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN)

    Following attendance as an observer of the Partner Meeting of the Global Land Tool Network in The Hague, The Netherlands in November 2013, LANDac joined the GLTN Network on 26 February 2014. The Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) is an alliance of global regional and national partners contributing to poverty alleviation through land reform, improved […]

  • 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 of natural resources are dealt […]

  • Land grabbing and human rights: Debate 1 February, Amsterdam

    On 1 February 2014, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam Novib and ASN Bank organize a debate at De Balie in Amsterdam about land grabbing and human rights as part of the Human Rights Weekend. The rise of land grabbing has led to increased human rights violations and destroyed livelihoods. Across Africa, Latin America and Asia, hundreds […]

  • Land Governance Donor Programme Database Launched

    On January 22 a comprehensive database on land and resource governance programmes funded by members of the Global Donor Working Group on Land was presented during the Platform Annual General Assembly in Paris. Global scope Cooperating with the Global Donor Working Group on Land – comprising bilateral and multilateral donors as well as development agencies […]

  • Presentation George Schoneveld 16 january 2014

    16 January, The Hague   On Thursday 16 January, former LANDac PhD George Schoneveld presented his dissertation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Around 50 participants joined the presentation and discussion about his research into ‘The Governance of Large-Scale Farmland Investments in Sub-Saharan Africa’. The work contains a comparative analysis of challenges for sustainability in […]

  • Global Donor Working Group policy brief ‘land in a post-2015 framework’

    The Global Donor Working Group on Land (http://www.donorplatform.org/land/on-common-ground.html?Itemid=9) published a platform policy brief on land in a post-2015 framework. The policy brief can be accessed via this link.

  • Land rights in Namibia

    The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) recently published two case studies about land rights in Namibia. Topics are the strenghtening of women’s rights to land and the systematic registration of communal land in Namibia. Both documents are available at the Capacity4Development website: http://capacity4dev.ec.europa.eu/eu-working-group-land-issues/

  • Landesa women’s land rights visiting professionals program

    Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program The Women’s Land Rights Visiting Professional Program is cultivating a network of qualified professionals who are strongly committed to strengthening women’s land rights. The program will boost visiting professionals’ capacity to effectively strengthen women’s land rights, foster motivation and ability to actively participate in this network, and reinforce the […]

  • Start of the new LANDac LANDforum

    On 7 and 8 November 2013 LANDac organized the first LANDforum meeting: a group of policy makers, practitioners, private sector representatives and researchers gathered at Utrecht University and discussed new ways to optimize the links between land-related investments, food security and inclusive sustainable development.

    This meeting in Utrecht was a first step towards the establishment of a multi-stakeholder network and think-tank that will meet again in 2014 and 2015.

  • Government of Ethiopia partners with the G8 to improve land governance

    Government of Ethiopia partners with the G8 to improve land governance The Governments of Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, the USA, and Germany announced agreeing to enter a land country partnership to work together to improve rural land governance for economic growth and to protect the land rights of local citizens in Ethiopia.   This partnership […]

  • Call for proposals: agricultural investment, gender and Land in Africa

    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), the Future Agricultures Consortium, and the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) of the African Union, the African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, are jointly organizing a multi-stakeholder conference to be held in […]

  • New publication: a critical review of the policy debate on large-scale land…

    In the new publication ‘Africa for Sale. Positioning the state, land and society in foreign large-scale land acquisitions in Africa’ (Evers, Seagle, Krijtenburg, eds), Professor Annelies Zoomer contributed a chapter entitled ‘A critical review of the policy debate on large-scale land acquisitions: fighting the symptoms or killing the heart?’. The chapter is available online.

  • New publication: compensation and resettlement policies

    ‘Compensation and resettlement policies after compulsory land acquisition for hydropower development in Vietnam: policy and practice’ In this new article published last week in open access journal Land, the authors analyse differences between policies and practices regarding state-led land acquisitions. By studying the case of a dam-related resettlement project near Hue city in Central Vietnam, […]

  • New publication: Africa for sale

    ‘Africa for sale: Positioning the state, land and society in foreign large-scale land acquisitions in Africa’ Sandra J.T.M. Evers, Caroline Seagle and Froukje Krijtenburg (eds.) The past several decades have witnessed a rise in foreign and domestic investments in Africa’s arable land. While such land projects are currently the focus of widespread media and scholarly […]

  • Experts identified key indicators to support the Post-2015 development agenda

    Experts identified key indicators to support the Post-2015 development agenda Prior to the GLTN Partner meeting on 11, 12 and 13 November in the Hague, the Netherlands, over 30 internationals experts met and agreed to propose 4 promising land indicators to support the post-2015 development agenda. The four indicators proposed for considerations are: (1) Perceived […]

  • Land rights and Coca Cola

    Following the Oxfam report ‘Sugar Rush – Land rights and the supply chains of the biggest food and beverage companies’, Coca Cola announced that it commits to zero-tolerance for land grabbing. Please find the full commitments here.

  • Publication: The governance of large-scale farmland investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. A comparative…

    Book: The governance of large-scale farmland investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. A comparative analysis of challenges for sustainability. By George Schoneveld 2013 Growing global resource scarcities and increasingly unstable commodity markets have in recent years propelled large numbers of investors to seek access to the cheap and fertile farmlands of sub-Saharan Africa. Though potentially providing its […]

  • New website: focus on land in Africa

    Focus on Land in Africa (FOLA) is a joint initiative of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Landesa, and provides information for development practitioners and policy makers who are interested in how land and natural resource rights affect, and are effected by, development in Africa. The website provides country sources, information about specific development themes […]

  • Call for papers World Bank Land & Poverty Conference 2014

    The World Bank has launched its new call for papers for the Land & Poverty Conference in 2014. The conference takes place in Washington DC, at the World Bank, from 31 March – 3 April. Under the theme of “Land Governance in the Post-2015 Agenda: Harnessing Synergies for Implementation and Monitoring Impact”, the 2014 conference will […]

  • DFID to scale up Land portfolio

    DFID intends to publish a new competition opportunity in early 2014 where they will be seeking partners for a new multi-million programme which will improve land governance and the protection of land tenure rights in up to 6 DFID focus countries, and promote greater transparency and accountability in land governance globally. For more information, please […]

  • Climate change and land

    On 30 September, LANDac organized a lecture around the themes of climate change and land. Dr Sonja Vermeulen of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) introduced recent themes and topics around the links between climate change policies and land governance. A short report of the lecture will be available […]

  • Global Donor Working Group on Land launched

    During the Donor Roundtable Meeting in Washington on the margins of the annual land and poverty conference at the World Bank on 12 April 2013 participants agreed to establish a new Global Donor Working Group on Land. This was in recognition of the increased attention to land issues following the first global food price spike […]

  • Land conflicts in Brazil on Dutch television: Nieuwsuur

    Nieuwsuur, a Dutch newsreel, broadcasted an item about the involvement of four Dutch banks and two Dutch pensionfunds in violent land conflicts in Brazil. The banks and pensionfunds invest in Bunge, an American company, which has deals with local sugarcane farmers who are using indigenous lands in Brazil. The report (in Dutch) is available via: […]

  • Sugar rush and land rights

    As part of its ‘Behind the Brands’ campaign, Oxfam today published a new report about the sugar rush and how it is driving large-scale land acquisitions and land conflicts. Sugar, as a land-intensive crop, is one of the drivers of increasing pressure on land. The report shows that these pressures have cost communities their homes, […]

  • Community land and natural resource rights

    On 23 September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DME and DDE), in cooperation with LANDac organized a lecture & lunch about community land and natural resource rights. The meeting was a follow-up of an international conference held on 19 and 20 September in Interlaken, Switzerland. The meeting addressed scaling-up strategies to secure community land and […]

  • The governance of large-scale farmland investments in Sub-Saharan Africa

    PhD defence George Schoneveld 2 October 2013, 16.00 hrs, Academiegebouw Utrecht University African states offer their populations insufficient protection from foreign land grabs Growing global resource scarcities and increasingly unstable commodity markets have in recent years encouraged large numbers of investors to seek access to the cheap and fertile farmlands of sub-Saharan Africa. Though potentially […]

  • Vacancies PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

    PBL, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, offers four vacancies linked to work on Global Food Systems and natural resource scarcity. The vacancies can be accessed through this link: http://www.pbl.nl/en/aboutpbl/vacancies.

  • Successful fourth summer school Land Governance for Developmenty

    The fourth edition of the Summer School Land Governance for Development brought together a very interesting group of participants and lecturers to study current debates on land governance and land deals. The 2-week course, organized by LANDac (8-19 July 2013), was attended by 20 participants: Masters and PhD students and development practitioners from countries such […]

  • New article: land conversion for urban development in Vietnam

    A new article on urbanization and land conversion by LANDac-related PhD researcher Nguyen Quang Phuc (Hue University Vietnam / IDS UU) and LANDac (co)chairs Guus van Westen and Annelies Zoomers just appeared online in Habitat International journal. The article deals with the massive conversion of agricultural land for industrial and urban development in the medium-sized […]

  • Updated Land Matrix now available

    The updated data-sets of the Land Matrix are now available via the Land Matrix website: www.landmatrix.org. The Land Matrix is a tool that aims to contribute to transparency in large-scale land deals. The updated information now differentiates between intended, concluded and failed land deals. In addition, information about land deals is directly linked to its […]

  • Job announcement World Bank Conference

    Planning support for the 2014 Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty The land tenure team in the Agriculture and Rural Development Group in the World Bank’s Research Department leads Bank research on land tenure and governance (including large scale acquisition of land) as well as the impact evaluation of scalable land interventions. In […]

  • New publication JPS on land grabbing & methodologies

    Just released: The Journal of Peasant Studies Forum on Global Land Grabbing Part 2:  on methodologies There are five contributions to this Forum (see the list below), and these can be accessed free of charge for a limited period: http://www.tandfonline.com/r/fjps40-3 Table of contents: The politics of evidence: methodologies for understanding the global land rush, by Ian Scoones, Ruth Hall, Saturnino M. Borras […]

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