Land Grabbing

Cambodia - Land Grab - © Roman Herre
Agrarian conflicts and struggles for access to land and natural resources are not new phenomena. However, a global process is currently underway whereby powerful foreign private and public investors conclude agreements with states to take possession or control of large surfaces of land, which has an influence on current and future food sovereignty in the host countries.   This process is most commonly referred to as land grabbing.

Several factors contribute to the new rush on land: the increased demand for agrofuels; high food prices, leading states that are dependent on food imports to acquire cheap farmland in poorer countries; and the search for stable investment opportunities in the aftermath of the financial crisis.  Investors are typically corporations, financial investors and the governments of rich countries.  While precise details are hard to come by, it is estimated that at least 70 million hectares of agricultural land have been transferred in the last few years.

The lack of adequate and secure access to land and natural resources for the rural and urban poor is one of the key causes of hunger and poverty in the world.  Land grabbing further exacerbates the highly unequal distribution of land ownership, thereby impacting the enjoyment of the human rights of the local population, particularly their right to adequate food.

FIAN, together with small-scale food producers’ organizations, calls for a stop to and a rolling back of land grabbing and supports the Global Alliance Against Land Grabbing, created by those people most affected. In addition, FIAN promotes the effective implementation of the FAO Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests as an internationally accepted standard of governance of land and natural resources, in order to combat poverty and hunger, and as one instrument to fight against land grabbing.

    Read more about FAO Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure and Natural Resources



Latest news

Report | 21-10-2014
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Land grabbing and human rights in Mali

A new report informs about the human rights violations of communities affected by land grabbing in Mali    Read more

Statement | 18-10-2014
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World Bank to stop abusing the right to land

A collective statement by civil society and peoples' movements demands the World Bank to stop abusing the right to land and abide by the Tenure Guidelines    Read more

Report | 15-09-2014
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Women agricultural workers and the right to adequate food and nutrition

This paper was published by FIAN International for Hands off the Land Alliance    Read more

News | 15-09-2014
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Women agricultural workers crave fair working conditions

A latest publication by FIAN International discusses the discriminatory working conditions women agricultural workers endure, as well as how women and girls play an essential role towards the food and nutrition security of their families and communities.    Read more

Report | 12-09-2014
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Case Dossier: Cambodia

Sugar cane plantations, human rights violations and EU’s “Everything But Arms” initiative    Read more

Report | 22-05-2014
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Latest study questions the role of European investments

From a right to food perspective, this collaborative study analizes the role of European private and public financing in Zambia    Read more

Report | 12-05-2014

In need of a Policy Shift: Investing in Agricultural Alternatives

TNI, FIAN International, FIAN Netherlands, FIAN Germany, FIAN Austria, IGO in Poland and FDCL in Germany have jointly elaborated a policy brief to discuss a paradigm shift for investments in agriculture    Read more

Report | 13-01-2014
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Monitoring Report on Land Policies and the Right to Food in Ecuador 2013

With the support of other on-the-ground organizations, FIAN Ecuador has made available online its latest report on land policies and right to food in Ecuador    Read more

Open Letter | 09-01-2014
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FIAN expresses concern on food security for communities in Mali

Open letter to the president of Mali regarding cases of land grabbing    Read more

Press Release | 09-12-2013
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Launch of report on Land Policies and the Right to Food in Ecuador

On the ocassion of the International Human Rights Day, FIAN Ecuador launches the "Monitoring Report on Land Policies and the Right to Food in Ecuador 2013"    Read more