Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI)

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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 (trans)national actors are tapping into lands for agro-food, energy, environmental and climate change mitigation and adaptation purposes.

Research grants and international conference on land grabbing

Two initiatives on the 10th anniversary of the LDPI:

  • Small grants competition
  • International conference on global land grabbing
LDPI international conference on global land grabbing

The global land grab and LDPI

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 poor people worldwide.

LDPI aims to:

  1. Generate in-depth research and systematize cross-national and cross-regional comparative studies - global coordinating teams working with collaborators from different regions.

  2. Create a space for the mutually beneficial exchange of data, information and knowledge – among various actors: engaged researchers, agrarian movements, food movements, environmental and climate justice activists, independent think tanks, research institutions, development agencies, development policy experts and policy makers.

LDPI coordinating team

Jun Borras, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague
Marc Edelman, City University of New York
Ruth Hall, PLAAS, Cap Town
Ian Scoones, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex
Ben White, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague
Wendy Wolford, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

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