Land grabbing has brought to the fore issues around the access to and control over land and natural resources. Understanding the framings, mechanisms, motivations, and impacts of these types of contested land deals will be critical for developing strategies for accessing and defending land and natural resources for future generations. This will require collaboration between social movements and engaged researchers to build coalitions and campaigns in a spirit of ‘scholar-activism’.
Sylvia Kay is a project officer at the Transnational Institute, an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable planet. She has worked in a number of European wide coalitions on issues around food sovereignty, human rights, and natural resource justice, and is the author of a European Parliament study on land grabbing and land concentration in the EU.
Attila Szocs is campaign coordinator on land grabbing with Eco Ruralis in Romania. This is a grassroots peasants association in Romania which supports organic and traditional farmers. He is also Romania correspondent for Arc2020, a platform for civil society and non-governmental organisations interested in good food, farming and rural policies for Europe.
Source: European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), January 22.01.20