See videos, photos, blogs and more from the second international conference on ‘Global Land Grabbing’. The STEPS Centre also has a range of useful resources on land, green and water grabs.

Organised by the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) and the Cornell Department of Development Sociology, two of the STEPS Centre’s directors – Melissa Leach and Ian Scoones – presented recent work on land grabs and green grabs. STEPS affiliate Future Agricultures Consortium is a member of the LDPI.

Among the keynote speakers at the 17-19 October event was the new  Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and  Brazilian academic, José Graziano da Silva.

A dramatic, worldwide rise in large-scale land deals stem from the revaluation of land by powerful economic and political actors, particularly in the global South.  ‘Global land grab’ has become a catch-all phrase to describe this explosion of (trans)national commercial and government-driven land transactions revolving around the  production and sale of food and biofuels, conservation and mining  activities.

This conference was a follow up to the highly successful 2011 conference, Global Land Grabbing, held 6-8 April 2011 at the Institute for Development Studies, UK

To see videos. photos. blogs and more from the event, please see the conference website.

And for more resources see the Future Agricultures Consortium Land theme web pages.

Useful resources from the STEPS Centre and our members: