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  • ‘Land grab’ draws attention in g8 and media

    Land is on the agenda of the current G8 summit, and the topic of ‘global land grabs’ therefore draws renewed attention. LANDac chair Annelies Zoomers was interviewed for the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant (see article here) and for the radio programme ‘Met het oog op morgen’ (17 July 2013), which can be accessed here. Download the leaders’ […]

  • Protective laws don’t prevent ‘land grab’ in Africa

    A new World Development article co-authored by LANDac PhD George Schoneveld explores the relationship between policy and practice associated with customary rights protections in the context of large-scale land acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Findings point to the difficulty of safeguarding customary rights even in countries providing “best practice” legal protections. A press article on this […]

  • LANDac annual report 2012

    LANDac has published its 2012 annual report, which can be accessed here.  In this annual report LANDac looks back at its achievements, results and lessons learned, while also focusing on new challenges for the coming years. The report starts with a short introduction of the IS Academy LANDac, followed by a brief description of the […]

  • New publications

    Various new publications on the global land grab have been issued recently: Biofuels – Economy, Environment and Sustainability Africa for sale? Positioning the state, land and society in foreign large-scale land acquisitions in Africa Special issue Development & Change Journal: “Governing the global land grab: the role of the state in the rush for land” […]

  • LANDac PhD research disseminated in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

    Local workshops on residential tourism and its implications for development Though often gone unnoticed in the debate on large-scale land acquisitions, tourism and in particular residential tourism* can be important causes of land alienation. LANDac PhD graduate Femke van Noorloos did research on residential tourism and its implications for development in Costa Rica, and was […]

  • 16-05-2013 letter of the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation…

    In this letter to the Dutch House of Representatives, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen, discusses the Dutch efforts to oppose land grabbing following a consultation with different stakeholders in April this year. She also responds to the situation around land rights in projects of The World Bank. The letter (in Dutch) can be […]

  • Summerschool 2013 coming up in July

    From 8-19 July 2013 LANDac organises the fourth Utrecht Summerschool Land Governance for Development. The two-week intensive course will introduce students to the multiple dimensions of land governance in Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond. Students will acquire the most up-to-date knowledge on new land pressures and learn how to place these in broader theoretical […]

  • Short article on land grab in Latin America (in Dutch)

    In December 2012 LA Chispa published a background article on land in Latin America:  “Land for sale: five questions and answers on the ‘land grab’ in Latin America” (in Dutch). Click here to read the article. LA Chispa is a Dutch Magazine on Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Report: round-table “Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in the context of…

    On 28 November 2012, LANDac and Oxfam Novib organised a round-table discussion on Free Prior and Informed Consent in the context of land governance, with Marcus Colchester (Director Forest Peoples Programme) as the main presenter and Kristen Genovese (Center for International Environmental Law) as a discussant. The event took place at the  Ministry of Foreign […]

  • Report: seminar Kenya land reform – from paper to practice

    On Tuesday 9 October 2012, LANDac together with ActionAid and the African Studies Center organised the seminar Kenya Land Reform: From Paper to Practice. Will Kenya’s new land bills safeguard people’s land rights and food security? Kenyan ActionAid activist David Barissa shed his light on the new land legislation in the country, followed by reflections by Marcel […]

  • New publications on Land

    Recently various institutions have released reports on land governance and large-scale land acquisitions. Some of the main recent reports are mentioned here: Deutsche Bank (DB Research). Foreign investment in farmland. No low-hanging fruit. November 2012. Oxfam. ‘Our Land, Our Lives’.  Time out on the global land rush. October 2012. ActionAid. Lay of the Land. Improving land governance […]

  • Grootschalige landverwerving in Afrika: artikel internationale spectator

    A new article by Annelies Zoomers (chair LANDac) in Internationale Spectator of July-August 2012 analyses large-scale land acquisitions in Africa. Click here for the article (in Dutch).

  • Country factsheets updatedy

    In July 2012, all 15 country factsheets have been updated. They can be accessed  here. The factsheets present the relevant policy and institutional contexts with respect to land governance.

  • European Report on Development 2011-2012 published: focus on water, energy and land…

    The 2011-2012 European Report on Development  “Confronting Scarcity: Managing water, energy and land for inclusive and sustainable growth” and accompanying papers are now available online here.  Various LANDac partners (Utrecht University, Royal Tropical Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs) have contributed to the report with a number of research papers on the issue of land.

  • Hivos-IIED provocation on small-scale farming and youth report online

    On the 24th of May 2012, Hivos and IIED organised a provocative seminar on small-scale farming and youth in an era of rapid rural change. This provocation was the sixth and last in a series being initiatied by the IIED/Hivos Knowledge Programme Small Procuder Agency in Globalised Markets. More information and the online report can […]

  • Successful third edition of the Utrecht Summerschool Land Governance for Development completed

    In July 2012 LANDac organised the third Utrecht Summerschool Land Governance for Development. The two-week intensive course  introduced students to the multiple dimensions of land governance in Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond. 25 Students from 16 different countries all over the world participated in the summerschool. They acquired up-to-date knowledge from LANDac partners and […]

  • LANDac selects two foci for research: civil society and responsible investment

    LANDac partners currently emphasize two subjects in their research activities: 1) The role of civil society (e.g. farmers’ organizations) in dealing with large-scale land acquisitions and related issues 2) Responsible investment in land: are there lessons to be learned from good practices? More information will follow soon.

  • Utrecht Summerschool Land Governance for Development

    2 – 13 July 2012 Utrecht University, the Netherlands In July 2012 LANDac organises the third Utrecht Summerschool Land Governance for Development. The two-week intensive course will introduce students to the multiple dimensions of land governance in Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond. Students will acquire the most up-to-date knowledge on new land pressures and […]

  • Conference report ‘knowledge for development’ 2012. new donors, new investments: new development?

    Report now available: NEW DONORS, NEW INVESTMENTS: NEW DEVELOPMENT? Beyond the Millennium Development Goals  8th Knowledge for development conference, Utrecht, January 27, 2012 This seminar, organized by IDS (Utrecht University), LANDac, HIVOS, FNV Mondiaal, IOB (Antwerp University) and SID, aimed to critically assess the meaning of development in the context of contemporary transformations such as […]

  • Now available: summerschool 2011 participants’ work on Land Governance in Argentina and…

    The 2011 Summerschool on Land Governance for Development participants’ best papers and posters are now available. Two papers were chosen as best quality papers from the 2011 Summerschool participants: Matilde Carabellese’s paper “Land grabbing in Argentina: tendencies and consequences“, and Natalia Mamonova & Michelle Steggerda’s paper (which is here represented in a poster) “Land governance […]

  • Utrecht Summerschool “Land Governance for Development” back in 2012

    2 – 13 July 2012 Utrecht University, the Netherlands In July 2012 LANDac organises the third Utrecht Summerschool Land Governance for Development. The two-week intensive course will introduce students to the multiple dimensions of land governance in Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond. Students will acquire the most up-to-date knowledge on new land pressures and […]

  • Report LANDac Lunch Meeting “Van Landjepik Naar Duurzaam Landgebruik” (20 October 2011)

    In September 2011, Oxfam International presented the report “Land and Power”, which discusses the local implications of the global rush for fertile land by companies, and argues that international companies can and should assume responsibility for protecting local rights when deciding to invest in land (see attachment).This report has generated wide media interest and questions […]

  • IIAS Newsletter: Food Security and Land Grabbing in Asia

    The most recent issue of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) Newsletter contains a series of papers in on land problems in Asia, with a particular focus on food security. The issue was edited by Annelies Zoomers and contains several contributions from LandAc-related authors and studies. Local crop or foreign commodity? Guest editor Annelies Zoomers […]

  • Argentina looks at limiting foreign land buys

    Article in the Wall Street Journal on Argentina’s plans to limit foreign land acquisition (Matt Moffett – 1 September 2011). Dr. Irma Mosquera (Utrecht University) was interviewed about the judicial aspects of foreign land acquisition.

  • Conference report “The Global Land Rush – What’s real & what are…

    Reports about land acquisitions in developing countries – often labeled as land grabbing – are on the rise. The number of land-related conflicts seems to be growing, leading to concerns about increasing land inequality in societies were many people depend on access to land for their livelihoods. On 24 March, 2011, International Development Studies (IDS) […]

  • Conference Report “Climate-Smart Development in the South” (5 Nov 2010)

    How to align ‘climate proofing’ and growing land pressures with poverty reduction strategies? On November 5, 2010, International Development Studies (IDS) of Utrecht University organised its 7th annual “knowledge for development conference” for experts and students in development policy, practice and research. This year’s topic was ‘climate smart development’. The seminar aimed to give an […]

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