[Featured Resource] Land Rights and the Rush for Land

This week’s profiled resource is titled “Land Rights and the Rush for Land: Findings of the Global Commercial Pressures on Land Research Project”. The topic of this report is most commonly referred to as “land grabbing”. It has attracted global attention since 2008, with a series of highly publicized transnational agreements involving the lease of land areas of unprecedented size. While the most publicised deals have been transnational in nature and focused on food and biofuels production, they are hard to separate analytically from wider trends of increasing commercial pressures on land characterised by a more diverse range of actors, scales, and economic drivers. They are part of longer-term historical processes of economic and social transformation. Yet with the intensification of commercial pressures on land since the food price crisis of 2008, these processes have entered a new phase. It is in this sense that this report speaks of a new “land rush”.

More about Land Rights and the Rush for Land: Findings of the Global Commercial Pressures on Land Research Project:

This report synthesises the findings of the global Commercial Pressures on Land research project, coordinated by the Secretariat of the International Land Coalition (ILC) with the support of one of its members, CIRAD, and the collaboration of more than 40 grassroots and civil society organisations, academics, and research institutions from around the world. Twenty-eight case studies, thematic studies, and regional overviews resulting from this project have already been published. In addition, this report incorporates the latest data emerging from the ongoing Land Matrix project to monitor large-scale land transactions.

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