The Global Land Grab : Beyond the Hype by Mayke Kaag, Annelies Zoomers

By Mayke Kaag, Annelies Zoomers

The final years have visible an immense quantity of educational, policy-making and media curiosity within the more and more contentious factor of land grabbing - the large-scale acquisition of land within the international South. it's a phenomenon opposed to which locals appear defenceless, and one approximately which multilateral firms comparable to the realm financial institution in addition to civil society businesses and motion NGOs became more and more vocal. This in-depth and empirically different quantity, taking in case stories from throughout Africa, Asia and Latin the US, takes a step again from the hype to discover a few key questions: does the 'global land seize' really exist? if that is so, what's new approximately it? And what, past the instantly obvious dynamics and practices, are the true difficulties? A entire and much-needed intervention on essentially the most hotly contested yet little-understood concerns dealing with countires within the international South this day.

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The focus group discussions followed a predefined format for establishing the characteristics of local livelihood systems, the nature and magnitude of impacts, processes of collective action, and personal perceptions. 2 Topographical map of Ethiopia (source: Authors’ representation) by the Saudi Midroc Group, are located south-east of the Karuturi concession within Gambella’s high tropical forest, in proximity to the Alwero Dam, which was constructed with Soviet support in the 1980s. The case studies in SNNPR focused on the arid, sparsely vegetated lowland areas of the South Omo Zone.

The issue of methodology and transparency of land deal data is not restricted to Tanzania, and has been described in various articles in a special issue of Journal of Peasant Studies (Scoones et al. 2013). It points to a ‘profound uncertainty’ about what is being counted, and the authors call for a ‘second phase of land grab research which abandons the aim of deriving total numbers of hectares in favor of more specific, grounded and transparent methods’ (p. 469). Our field research in 2012 was informed by the same concern of getting a better insight into what is actually happening on the ground.

The focus group discussions followed a predefined format for establishing the characteristics of local livelihood systems, the nature and magnitude of impacts, processes of collective action, and personal perceptions. 2 Topographical map of Ethiopia (source: Authors’ representation) by the Saudi Midroc Group, are located south-east of the Karuturi concession within Gambella’s high tropical forest, in proximity to the Alwero Dam, which was constructed with Soviet support in the 1980s. The case studies in SNNPR focused on the arid, sparsely vegetated lowland areas of the South Omo Zone.

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