Food First Backgrounder Winter 2012-13 - Land Grabs Versus Land Sovereignty
By Eric Holt-Giménez
The 'global land rush' is grabbing headlines. While media coverage has focused on the role of hedge funds, retirement funds, sovereign wealth and 'new colonialist' purchases of vast tracts of land in Africa and Asia, academic research is uncovering a broader pattern. As global land values increase, land ownership is becoming increasingly concentrated, even where there have been few reports of land grabbing. Researchers are uncovering patterns of dispossession that are even deeper, wider and potentially more devastating for rural local communities than is generally acknowledged.
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