LDPI - engaged research on the global land grab
The aim of Land Deal Politics Initiative is for a broad framework encompassing the political economy, ecology and sociology of land deals.
Globally, powerful transnational actors are tapping into lands outside their own borders to provide sufficient food and energy security at home.
The original North-South dynamic of the 'global land grab' is developing into a North-South-South dynamic, with economically powerful non-Northern countries now getting involved. The reaction to this trend by state, corporate and civil society groups has been varied, moving between the extremes of seeing it as a major threat to the lives and livelihoods of rural people, to seeing it as an economic opportunity for the rural poor worldwide.
LDPI aims to:
Generate in-depth research and systematize cross-national and cross-regional comparative studies - global coordinating teams working with collaborators from different regions.
Create a space for the mutually beneficial exchange of data, information and knowledge - with other actors such as agrarian movements, independent think tanks, research institutions, development agencies, development policy experts and policy makers.