Introduction: Global Land Grabs: Investments, risks and dangerous legacies
February, 2011. Land Research Action Network. Development 54(1), 5–11; doi:10.1057/dev.2010.108
In their introduction to this journal issue, the Land Research Action Network warns that a new global wave of land grabbing is underway. The current trend of investments is triggered by the interrelated crises in food, finance, energy and climate that have been spurred by decades of corporate driven globalization, neo-liberal policy regimes and natural resource exploitation.
They argue that one positive outcome of the multiple crises is a renewed interest among peoples, academics, entrepreneurs, scientists and policymakers in alternative models of production, consumption and using energy and resources. They look forward to measures that will redistribute, protect and nurture land and water resources paving the way for a new framework of governance of land and the natural commons, which puts local communities in control of their own territories and livelihoods.
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Keywords: b. International Policy, c. National Policy & Legislation, n. Social Aspects, Other Publications, biodiversity, eco system, IAASTD, livelihoods, Privatization, world bank