Thursday, December 08, 2011
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Workshop on Large-Scale Agricultural Investments
The German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) invites submissions for an international conference on large-scale agricultural investments on 11 May, 2012, in Hamburg, Germany.
The academic and practical debate on large-scale land investments is just starting, as are several research projects on different aspects of these land deals. The workshop aims at bringing researchers and practitioners together, structure the debate, exchange ideas, shed light on various dimensions of the problem – in short, it aims at stimulating the discussion. It is organized by a research team at GIGA working in a joint research project on “Large-scale land acquisitions and sustainable development” with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the University of Greifswald. The workshop will address the following dimensions of large-scale land deals:
- Legal and political dimensions: In which regulatory framework do large-scale land deals take place? Which are the actors in land deals and how do they behave? Does the process of “land grabbing” change power relations among different actors?
- Socio-economic dimension: What are the socio-economic consequences of large-scale land deals? How does the reality of large-scale land deals compare to the contractual arrangements (e.g. compensation) and is there any empirical evidence on the effects on local populations?
- Ecological and ethical dimensions: Are ecological and ethical (e.g. human right to food) considerations taken into account? What about the environmental sustainability of new cultivation schemes?
- Historical dimension: A historical dimension would cut across the above issues: Are largescale land deals a new phenomenon, or are there parallels to earlier similar phenomena (e.g. during or the post-colonial establishment of plantations)?
- Conflict dimension: Again a cross-cutting dimension: Land-use changes and related population dynamics can be a long-term cause of violent conflicts?
Deadline: January 30, 1012