Towards a better understanding of global land grabbing: an editorial introduction

  title={Towards a better understanding of global land grabbing: an editorial introduction},
  author={Saturnino M. Borras and Ruth L. Hall and Ian Scoones and Benjamin White and Wendy Wolford},
  journal={The Journal of Peasant Studies},
  pages={209 - 216}
Over the past several years, the convergence of global crises in food, energy, finance, and the environment has driven a dramatic revaluation of land ownership. Powerful transnational and national economic actors from corporations to national governments and private equity funds have searched for ‘empty’ land often in distant countries that can serve as sites for fuel and food production in the event of future price spikes. This is occurring globally, but there is a clear North–South dynamic… 
Beyond land grabs: new insights on land struggles and global agrarian change
ABSTRACT The conjunction of climate, food, and financial crises in the late 2000s triggered renewed interest in farmland and agribusiness investments around the world. This phenomenon became known as
Understanding Land Deals in Limbo in Africa: A Focus on Actors, Processes, and Relationships
Land, as the material and symbolic foundation of agrarian life, is situated at the heart of African studies.1 Debates over land access and control have grown in salience and urgency in recent years
New investment, old challenges. Land deals and the water constraint in African agriculture
Foreign investment in agricultural land acquisition in sub-Saharan Africa has been viewed primarily as driven by a set of linked ‘crises’: in financial capital markets, in security of energy and food
Grabbing “Green”: Markets, Environmental Governance and the Materialization of Natural Capital
Over the past two decades, the incorporation of market logics into environment and conservation policy has led to a reconceptualization of “nature.” Resulting constructs like ecosystem services and
Regionalising ' Land Rush ' and Agricultural FDI Debate in Africa
  • Economics, Political Science
  • 2013
Land grabbing remains an emerging phenomenon in most developing regions. However, unlike the case in other developing areas, Africa draws more attention for some reasons – including the fact that
The land question, land grabbing and agriculture in Africa
Abstract Land grabbing has emerged as a form of production and export of food and biofuels in the Third World by enterprises owned by foreign governments and business entities. Large tracts of land
The politics of land deals : Cargill’s acquisition agendas in Indonesia and the Philippines
In the past decade, a global revaluation of land and agriculture has occurred. Following the convergence of the financial, food, and fuel crises in 2008, public and private sector actors sought
Green Grabbing: a new appropriation of nature?
Across the world, ‘green grabbing’ – the appropriation of land and resources for environmental ends – is an emerging process of deep and growing significance. The vigorous debate on ‘land grabbing’
Land Grabbing in Latin America: Another Natural Resource Curse?
In recent years, land grabbing has become widespread in Latin America, following similar trends in Africa. Multilateral agencies have sought to explain this phenomenon by arguing that these


"Land grabbing" by foreign investors in developing countries: Risks and opportunities
"One of the lingering effects of the food price crisis of 2007–08 on the world food system is the proliferating acquisition of farmland in developing countries by other countries seeking to ensure
Land grabbing in post-Soviet Eurasia: the world’s largest agricultural land reserves at stake
‘Land grabbing’ in Africa by China, and other populous, high-income Asian countries such as South Korea, has received considerable attention, while land grabbing in post-Soviet Eurasia has gone
Globalisation and the foreignisation of space: seven processes driving the current global land grab
The current global land grab is causing radical changes in the use and ownership of land. The main process driving the land grab, or ‘foreignisation of space’, as highlighted in the media and the
The politics of biofuels, land and agrarian change: editors' introduction
The hope is that this collection demonstrates the significance of a political economy of biofuels in capturing the complexity of the ‘biofuels revolution’ and at the same time opening up questions about its sustainability in social and environmental terms that provide pathways towards alternatives.
Centering labor in the land grab debate
Placing labor at the center of the global ‘land-grab’ debate helps sharpen critical insights at two scales. At the scale of agricultural enterprises, a labor perspective highlights the jobs
Agrofuels capitalism: a view from political economy
The question whether ‘agrofuels capitalism’ is in any way essentially different from other forms of capitalist agrarian monocrop production is raised, and in turn whether the agrarians transitions involved require new tools of analysis.
Class Dynamics of Agrarian Change
Development processes are never neutral. They impact various groups and classes of people differently. A high food price may benefit some rich peasants who produce and sell food surplus, but it may
Agrofuels in the food regime
The biofuels rush represents the continued externalisation of capitalism's costs, through the distraction of green fuel. This essay argues that the agrarian question has been posed as a distinctive
Rising Global Interest in Farmland: Can It Yield Sustainable and Equitable Benefits?
Interest in farmland is rising. And, given commodity price volatility, growing human and environmental pressures, and worries about food security, this interest will increase, especially in the
Land policies for growth and poverty reduction
Land policies are of fundamental importance to sustainable growth, good governance, and the well-being of, and the economic opportunities open to, both rural and urban dwellers - particularly the