The issue of land grabbing has been on the agenda for some years now, but it seems that the academic focus is changing.
Some claim it’s for food security, some say it’s a land grab
Since the food and financial crisis in 2008, a race for arable land has started worldwide. States, corporations, banks and funds of rich countries buy up large chunks of land to produce agrofuels and grow crops for food - or just to speculate.
A land grab is taking place all across Africa, a transfer of control unprecedented in the post-colonial era.
A new report is released this week to coincide with the forthcoming international conference on the global land grab to be held at IDS, University of Sussex.
Internationally-funded Guatemalan palm oil and sugar cane interests evict Mayan Qeqchi families from their historic lands, destroying homes and crops, killing one, injuring more, while thousands are without food or shelter.
The Arab unrest has only doubled the efforts of Gulf countries to secure food production by buying farmland around the world, as they try to buffer themselves from the economic issues that have destabilized the region.
"Politically the (Ukraine) government wants to reassure the population that these traders are not going to export grain while the population starves," says the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Principles for responsible agriculture investment are stock templates, designed to deflect the fallout from a growing number of media reports of land deals between investors and governments.
In Mozambique, there has been an unofficial halt to new large land grants.
La explosiva convergencia de la crisis alimentaria y financiera de 2008 desencadenó una nueva carrera por la apropiación de tierras africanas, que se mantiene hasta hoy. Las corporaciones de alimentos y los inversionistas privados buscan arrancar su tajada
Nous en appelons aux parlements et aux gouvernements nationaux pour que cessent immédiatement tous les accaparements fonciers massifs en cours ou à venir et que soient restituées les terres spoliées.