- Publisher: Fernwood Publishing
- ISBN: 9781552666661
- Price: $29.95 CAD
- Publication Date: Mar 2014
- Rights: Canada
- Pages: 256
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Global Land Grab
Beyond the Hype
Edited by Mayke Kaag, Annelies Zoomers
The last two years have seen a huge amount of academic, policy-making and media interest in the increasingly contentious issue of “land grabbing”—the large-scale acquisition of land in the Global South. It is a phenomenon against which locals seem defenceless, and one about which multilateral organizations such as the World Bank as well as civil-society organizations and action NGOs have become increasingly vocal.
This in-depth and empirically diverse volume — taking in case studies from across Africa, Asia and Latin America — takes a step back from the hype to explore a number of key questions: does the “global land grab” actually exist? If so, what is new about it? And what, beyond the immediately visible dynamics and practices, are the real problems?
The Global Land Grab is a comprehensive and much-needed intervention on one of the most hotly contested but little-understood issues facing Global South countries today.
Introduction: The Global Land Grab Hype (Mayke Kaag & Annelies Zoomers)
Part One: Africa Modernising the Periphery: Citizenship and Ethiopia’s New Agricultural Investment Policies (George Schoneveld & Maru Shete)
• Large Scale Land Acquisitions in Tanzania: A Critical Analysis of Practices and Dynamics (Jumanne Abdallah, Linda Engström, Kjell Havnevik & Lennart Salomonsson)
• Kenya and the Global Land Grab: A View from Below (Jacqueline M. Klopp & Odenda Lumumba)
Part Two: Latin America The Rapid Expansion of Genetically Modified Soy Production into the Chaco Region of Argentina (Lucia Goldfarb & Annelies Zoomers)
• Land Investment in Costa Rica: Tracing Residential Tourism and Its Implications for Development (Femke van Noorloos)
• Grabbing in the Andean Region: Illustrative Cases from Peru and Ecuador (Rutgerd Boelens, Antonio Gaybor & Jan Hendriks)
Part Three: Asia Land Governance and Oil Palm Development: Examples from Riau Province, Indonesia (Ari Susanti &Suseno Budidarsono)
• Vietnam in the Debate on Land Grabbing: Conversion of Agricultural Land for Urban Expansion and Hydropower Development (Ty Pham huu, Nguyen Quang Phuc & Guus van Westen)
• Land Grabbing in Cambodia: Land Rights in a Post-conflict Setting
(Michelle McLinden Nuijen, Men Prachvuthy & Guus van Westen)
• Beyond the Gulf State Investment Hype: The Case of Indonesia and the Philippines (Gerben Nooteboom & Laurens Bakker)
• Tracing the Dragon’s Footsteps: A Deconstruction of the Discourse on China’s Foreign Land Investments (Peter Hoand & Irna Hofman)
• Conclusion: Beyond the Global Land Grab Hype: Ways Forward in Research and Action (Annelies Zoomers & Mayke Kaag)
About the Authors
Mayke Kaag is a social anthropologist and senior researcher at the African Studies Centre in Leiden.
Annelies Zoomers is a human geographer, professor of international development studies at Utrecht University and chair of the IS Academy on Land Governance.