ISS to study the intersection of climate change politics and the global land rush in Mali and Nigeria

 

 

 

A consortium of 4 institutions that includes ISS Political Ecology (PE) research group won a competitive research grant from IDRC (International Development Research Centre), to study the intersection of climate change politics and the global land rush in Mali and Nigeria.

 

ISS, together with FIAN, La Via Campesina in Mali and Friends of the Earth in Nigeria, will carry out a three-year research project (2018-2020). The focus will be on developing accountability strategies from below (with agrarian and environmental social movements). 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 such as the CFS/FAO Tenure Guidelines and the African Union (AU) Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa 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). 

The project started in January 2018 and has received a grant of CAD$ 500,000 from IDRC.

Daniela Calmon, ISS 2017 graduate (Major in Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies) and one of the winners of the Best MA Research Paper Award, will work part-time for one year in this project. The project is hosted in the Political Ecology (PE) research group, and is co-coordinated by Jun Borras.

Coordinator

Professor Jun Borras