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Title:The global land grab: beyond the hype
Editors:Kaag, MaykeISNI
Zoomers, AnneliesISNI
City of publisher:London
Publisher:Zed Books Ltd
ISBN:9781780328959; 9781552666661; 9781780328942
Geographic terms:Africa
Latin America
Subjects:land acquisition
foreign investments
Abstract:The last few years have seen a huge amount of academic, policy-making and media interest in the issue of 'land grabbing', referring to the large-scale acquisition of land most often in the global South. This collective volume takes a step back from the hype to explore a number of key questions: Does the 'global land grab' actually exist? If so, how has it materialized in different countries and what is new about it? What are the real problems and the root causes? These issues are explored by way of selected country studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Such a comparative perspective will make it possible to discover differences and similarities, as well as possible translocal connections. The section Africa contains three contributions: Modernizing the periphery: citizenship and Ethiopia's new agricultural investment policies (George Schoneveld and Maru Shete); Large-scale land acquisitions in Tanzania: a critical analysis of practices and dynamics (Jumanne Abdallah et al.); Kenya and the 'global land grab': a view from below (Jacqueline M. Klopp and Odenda Lumumba). The section Latin America contains chapters on Argentina (Lucia Goldfarb and Annelies Zoomers); Costa Rica (Femke van Noorloos); and Ecuador (Rutgerd Boelens, Antonio Gaybor and Jan Hendriks); the section Asia deals with Indonesia (Ari Susanti and Suseno Budidarsono); Vietnam (Pham Huu Ty, Nguyen Quang Phuc and Guus van Westen); Cambodia (Michelle McLinden Nuijen, Men Prachvuthy and Guus van Westen); Gulf investment in Indonesia and the Philippines (Gerben Nooteboom and Laurens Bakker); and China's foreign land investments (Peter Ho and Irna Hofman). In a concluding chapter, Annelies Zoomers and Mayke Kaag summarize the main conclusions and explore ways forward in research and action. [ASC Leiden abstract]