Land & Sovereignty Brief No. 4 - Land Conflicts in Argentina: From resistance to systemic transformation
by Zoe Brent, Food First fellow
Argentina promoted the expansion of mining and soy to fuel its ailing economy in the wake of its 2001 crisis. Peasant movements are resisting this assault on their lands and fighting to transform the system.
by Miguel Urioste F. de C.
Senior Researcher at Fundación Tierra
In the last two decades, the best agricultural lands in Bolivia have been put into commercial production by large-scale producers closely linked to foreign investors, particularly Brazilians.
Foreigners now control more than one million hectares of prime agricultural and ranching lands in Bolivia, primarily in the eastern lowland department of Santa Cruz, an important agro-export region dominated by transnational corporations and what has been termed “trans-Latina” corporations or TLCs. The rapidly expanding soy and ranching industries are the primary cause of deforestation and land use change in the country, at a high cost to the environment, national food security and indigenous peasant livelihoods.
by Saturnino M. Borras, Jr., Jennifer Franco and Chunyu Wang
This brief provides crucial context for understanding land grabbing and discusses three political tendencies in global land governance. Understanding these tendencies is critical if transnational movements are to carry out effective advocacy campaigns against land grabbing. This is the second brief in the Land & Sovereignty in the Americas series, co-published by Food First and the Transnational Institute.
Land & Sovereignty Brief No. 1 - "Sons and Daughters of the Earth": Indigenous communities and land grabs in Guatemala
by Alberto Alonso-Fradejas
In the face of violent dispossession and incorporation into an exploitative labor regime, indigenous peasant families in northern Guatemala are struggling to access land and defend their resources as the basis of their collective identity as Q'eqchi' peoples or R'al Ch'och ("sons and daughters of the earth"). This brief is the first in the Land & Sovereignty in the Americas series, co-published by Food First and the Transnational Institute.