Notes to broadcasters: Land grabbing

    | May 27, 2013

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    We based our story about land grabbing on an article which can be found through this link: http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/22044. Many more stories on land grabbing are available here: http://farmlandgrab.org/cat/show/134

    Information about land grabbing can be found on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_grabbing

    Farm Radio Weekly has covered land grabbing recently, and Notes to broadcasters from issue #242 can be read here: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2013/04/15/notes-to-broadcasters-on-land-grabs/ The story for which these Notes were produced can be accessed here: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2013/04/15/news-brief-tanzanian-maasai-to-lose-land-to-%E2%80%98green-land-grab%E2%80%99-agencies/

    Land grabbing emerged as a hot issue when global food prices spiked in 2007-2008. The term is usually used to refer to international players acquiring vast areas of land in developing nations. Yet land grabbing presents a complex picture and takes many forms.

    The Transnational Institute has produced an online downloadable primer on the subject. It addresses basic questions such what land grabbing is and how it occurs. It also discusses the history of land grabs, attempts to identify what is new about it, and considers who or what are the main drivers of the current wave of land grabbing.

    The document discusses how the relationship between land and water affects land grabs and asks what systemic changes are needed to end the practice, as well as describing resistance to land grabbing.

    Visit http://www.tni.org/primer/global-land-grab to read the primer, or download the complete primer here:  http://www.tni.org/sites/www.tni.org/files/download/landgrabbingprimer-feb2013.pdf

    Robin Palmer is a Land Rights Adviser with Mokoro, an Oxford, UK-based consultancy that promotes sustainable development. He recently gave a presentation entitled, “Land grabbing in Africa.” The text is available through this link: http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=22366

    Farm Radio International has issued an “audio postcard,” which touches on women and land grabs in Ghana. You can download and listen to it by clicking on this link: http://www.farmradio.org/ourblog/2013/05/13/audio-postcard-women-and-landgrabs-in-ghana/