“Land Grabbing or Land to Investors?”: A conversation on Land Grabbing at the UC Berkeley

Panel Discussion | April 24 | 4:15-5:30 p.m. | 470 Stephens Hall

 Alfredo Bini, Visiting Scholar, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management (ESPM) - UC Berkeley; Claudia J Carr, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management (ESPM) - UC Berkeley; Paolo D’Odorico, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management (ESPM) - UC Berkeley; Jampel Dell’Angelo, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Policy Analysis at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Mgmt. (ESPM), Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society (CSTMS)

The photojournalist Alfredo Bini, visiting scholar in the ESPM department at U.C. Berkeley, will present his documentary: “Land Grabbing or Land to Investors?”

The documentary 'connects the dots' between agribusiness corporations and large scale land acquisitions in Ethiopia and documents the disagreement between the way government officials and local communities view this phenomenon.

After the documentary there will be a discussion with:
Alfredo Bini, Photojournalist and Visiting Scholar, ESPM Department, University of California, Berkeley.
Claudia J Carr, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, University of California, Berkeley.
Paolo D’Odorico, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of California, Berkeley.
Jampel Dell’Angelo Assistant Professor of Water Governance, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Large tracts of agricultural land worldwide have been acquired and converted from subsistence farming to large scale commercial agriculture. The land is transferred from the control of local communities to agribusiness corporations and private investors often from other countries. Joint venture between domestic corporations and foreign companies are also big players. Since 2002 about 37 million ha of agricultural land - more than four times the area of Portugal - have been controlled by international investors through sales, leases or concessions, mostly in the developing world. In many cases these land negotiations occur with no transparency, without involving the local communities or with no consideration of societal and environmental impacts. Because customary property rights are often violated, this phenomenon has been termed “land grabbing”. The panel discussion will be focus on the geopolitical, economic, ethical and environmental drivers of land grabbing.

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 alfredobini@berkeley.edu, 310 819 6811

Ethiopia, Gambella. Burning forest around the Karuturi Global facility to allow access for the bulldozers that will prepare the ground for oil palm and sugar cane plantations.