Land Deal Politics Initiative 10 years on

Small grants competition and international conference in March 2024
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Land grabbing ten years on

The Land Deal Politics Initiative was launched 10 years ago as a loose network of scholars and activists concerned about the rise of land, water and green grabs across the world and the consequences for rural livelihoods and agrarian relations.

A massive wave of investment in land, resulting in expropriation and displacement, emerged following the financial, food and energy crises of 2008-2009. We wanted to understand what was going on and how best to respond.

Between 2009 and 2019, LDPI organized a series of events to analyse the social, economic, political and environmental dynamics of large-scale land deals and their implications for policy and social movements.

On its 10 anniversary, LDPI is organizing two new exciting initiatives

The global debate around land deals has diminished over the past few years, but important research and political questions remain:

  • What happened to the hundreds of land grabs documented by researchers, non-governmental organisations, activist groups, news media and aid agencies?
  • What new configurations of land, labour and capital have emerged since?
  • How has the rise of authoritarian, state-led populism and politics re-shaped the tensions between ‘foreignization’ and extraction?

The international conference in March 2024 in Bogota hopes to bring together academic researchers, policy experts and political activists to have discussions and conversations around old and new themes related to land grabbing, aiming to understand the contemporary dynamics of land and resource ‘grabbing’.

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