land grabs

Unduly setting apart or taking for one's own use, control or management of a stretch of territory.

Journal Articles & Books
March 2017

Large scale land acquisitions (LSLA), and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) are both land based phenomena which when occurring in the same area, can compete with each other for land. A quantitative analysis of country characteristics revealed that land available for agriculture, accessibility, and political stability are key explanatory factors for a country being targeted for LSLA. Surprisingly LSLA occur in countries with lower accessibility.

Conference Papers & Reports
October 2013

In order to strengthen collective efforts to address these challenges and capitalize on current opportunities to scale up community land rights around the world, from September 19-20, 2013, 180 participants came together in the town of Interlaken, Switzerland.

Demolition crews destroy property during Operation Murambatsvina, Zimbabwe
20 November 2017

In June 2005, demolition crews destroyed hundreds of homes in an impoverished suburb of Mutare, under ‘Operation Murambatsvina’ (Move the Rubbish), the government of Zimbabwe’s campaign to forcibly clear ‘slums’ across the country. Many of those made homeless joined housing cooperatives to collectively purchase land, on which to rebuild their lives, only to have that land taken by Zanu-PF supporters with backing from government ministers.

14 November 2017

Date : 10 novembre 2017

Source : Farmlandgrab

Par : Abdoulaye KAMARA

Le Conseil municipal de Pakour, département de Vélingara, a octroyé 1000 ha de terres à Mamadou Sall, propriétaire d’une grande bananeraie à Gouloumbou, village à cheval entre les départements de Tambacounda et Vélingara. Les populations riveraines de la forêt en question s’opposent et invitent le maire Diarga Sané à annuler cette délibération.

13 November 2017

Date: 20 octobre 2017

Source: Farmlandgrab

Par: Ndiol Maka SECK

Le collectif des villages impactés par le projet Afri-partners a désapprouvé le protocole affectant 10 000 ha de terres aux investisseurs marocains. En conférence de presse il a invité l’Etat à revenir sur cet accord entre les communes de Dodel et de Démette et le groupe marocain pour éviter que le sang ne coule.

Voa portugues
24 October 2017

Autor: Ramos Miguel, Voa Portugues



"Temos uma boa legislação sobre a terra e protecção dos camponeses, mas muitos camponeses perderam as suas terras,” Ana Paula Tawacana, da UNAC.

A União Nacional de Camponeses de Moçambique (UNAC), diz que estão a aumentar os casos de usurpação de terras, colocando em causa o processo de empoderamento da mulher no país.


Reports & Research
April 2012

This report investigates cases of land grabbing in Uganda, focusing in particular on oil palm plantations in Kalangala, Lake Victoria. It assesses the impacts on rural communities and on the local environment, and questions who benefits from these projects.

Protesters demonstrate against land rights NGO Equitable Cambodia in Phnom Penh earlier this month.
29 September 2017

The Ministry of Interior yesterday ordered the temporary suspension of land rights NGO Equitable Cambodia for allegedly violating its own by-laws and the controversial law regulating NGOs passed in 2015.

In a letter signed yesterday, Interior Minister Sar Kheng ordered NGO Director Eang Vuthy to “temporarily suspend Equitable Cambodia’s activities for thirty working days”.

According to the letter, the organisation violated Article 5 of its own by-laws, as well as Articles 10 and 25 of the Law on Associations and NGOs.

Responsible Investments in Land Perspectives from Tanzania and Globally
Reports & Research
September 2017

Landesa (strengthening land rights for the world’s poorest people) and Land Portal co‑facilitated the online dialogue on “Responsible investments in land: perspective from Tanzania and globally” from June 5 -16, 2017.

For details on the dialogue follow this link.