Global Land Grabbing, Eroding Food Sovereignty

Land grabbing in massive proportions is happening all over the world, threatening not only the survival of small farms but the very food sovereignty of nations. Prospective foreign buyers and speculators are justifying the land rush with the continuing global food crisis, rising energy demand and even climate change, and the need therefore for the efficiency of large-scale food and agricultural production. In exchange, land reform programs are being subverted worldwide while host countries give up chances for self-sufficiency as well as economic democracy to determine the sustainable use of their land and natural resources. Global land grabs have been an observable phenomenon since 2008. Existing research literature has focused on the extent and speed at which they are happening and the repercussions on several aspects of agrarian development. Researches have focused on Africa since the continent hosts the largest number and area of land grabs. This paper is a contribution to the articulation of the issue. It places the phenomenon in the context of the current global economic crisis to trace the roots and impetus of global land grabs. It focuses on some initial cases in Asia to show the peculiarity of the issue in the Asian context and project what is in store for the region. Finally, this paper uses the principles and programmes of food sovereignty to analyze the implications of global land grabs on the aspirations of farming and marginalized communities.


Title: Global Land Grabbing, Eroding Food Sovereignty
Authors: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
Tags: land grabbing
food sovereignty
Date: 10-Dec-2010
Publisher: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
Category Type: Reports
Appears in Sub-Collections:Land grabbing


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