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'Land grabs': call for grant applications

December 6, 2011

Globally, powerful transnational actors are tapping into lands outside their own borders to provide sufficient food and energy security at home.
The original North-South dynamic to this ‘global land grab’ is developing into a North-South-South dynamic with economically powerful non-Northern countries now getting involved.

This phrase – ‘global land grab’ – has become a catch-all to describe and analyse this explosion in transnational commercial land transactions. The reaction to this trend by state, corporate and civil society groups has been varied, moving between the extremes of seeing it as a major threat to the lives and livelihoods of rural people, to seeing it as an economic opportunity for the rural poor worldwide.

LDPI aims to provide in-depth and systematic enquiry into the global land grab in order to have deeper, meaningful and productive debates around causes and implications.

Grants of up to US$3,000 per study are available to successful applicants who wish to undertake original field research, carry out follow up fieldwork on an ongoing related initiative, or write up a paper based on research that is being/has been undertaken. LDPI is particularly keen on themes around resistance and alternatives but is open to broader topics.

Short proposals (500 words maximum) for the research/paper must be submitted by email to by 15 December 2011, together with a short CV (maximum one page, including the name of one referee) and small grants will be awarded in January 2012.