'Land-grabbing' and rural sociology

Lawrence, Geoffrey (2013) 'Land-grabbing' and rural sociology. Columbia, MO, USA, International Rural Sociology Association.

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Author Lawrence, Geoffrey
Title 'Land-grabbing' and rural sociology
Place of publication Columbia, MO, USA
Publisher International Rural Sociology Association
Publication date 2013-04-01
Series President's Corner
Total pages 1 Review article
Language eng
Subject Original Creative Work - Textual work
Formatted Abstract/Summary
‘Landgrabbing’ is occupying the minds of rural sociologists throughout the world.

How should we interpret the phenomenon of large-scale land acquisitions that are occurring, with increased frequency, in both developing and developed nations?

One of the most controversial issues being currently discussed by rural sociologists is that of large-scale land acquisitions. It is clear that a number of powerful actors from the global financial sector – including private equity firms, merchant banks, hedge funds and pension funds – are investing heavily in farm lands. So, too, are the sovereign wealth funds from oil-rich but land-poor nations. It is estimated that some 227 million hectares of farmland has been purchased or leased in recent years – often in poorer developing nations and usually in a manner which displaces local populations, including subsistence producers. The land is then used to grow crops for biofuel, for production of food and timber for the domestic and international marketplace, and for the production of food for repatriation to those nations where food security issues are a problem, or which may be a problem in future years...
Keyword Land grabbing
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Other title: 'Land grabs' and rural sociology.

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Created: Thu, 23 Jan 2014, 15:55:38 EST by Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Lawrence on behalf of School of Social Science