The intersection of climate change politics and the global land rush in Mali and Nigeria

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A consortium of four institutions that includes the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) has won a CAD$ 500,000 research grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), to study the intersection of climate change politics and the global land rush in Mali and Nigeria.

ISS, together with FIAN, La Via Campensina in Mali and Friends of the Earth in Nigeria, will carry out a three year research project (2018-2020) which focuses on developing accountability strategies from below.

The research will focus on various sectors: agrarian, food, fisheries, forestry, mining, 'climate smart agriculture', and climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. It will explore the potentials and limitations of international regulatory frameworks to understand and facilitate the process of making such accountability strategies responsive to intersecting resource-grabbing at a multi-scalar level (local, national and regional).

Daniela Calmon, ISS 2017 graduate and one of the winners of the Best MA Research Paper Award, will work part-time for one year on this project. The project is coordinated by Professor Jun Borras.