Theme 1: Land Grabbing

Welcome to FUF-Magazine, a website from the Swedish Development Forum’s division in Lund (FUF Pop-Up Lund).


In our first edition, we zoom in on the issue of land grabbing. Land grabbing has sparked a long-standing and on-going debate on how peasants and rural farmers, primarily in the Global South, are being dispossessed of their land. Whether it is multinational corporations, corrupt local officials or vague property rights that are behind the problem, there are many aspects to take into account when a land grab occurs. We’ve investigated the issue from a few different angles, and we hope you’ll find it as interesting as we do.

Fredrik Björksten & Kristoffer Berglund


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What is Land Grabbing?

Land grabbing has been a common theme seen within the global south, with international players repeatedly exerting their influence throughout history. But what is land grabbing? How has this practice evolved to become what we see today?

Is land grabbing a historical institution in itself? Photo: Richard Allaway, Flickr

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Neocolonialism in Sub-Saharan Africa, is China to blame?

With a population of 1.3 billion China the most heavily populated country in the world. The large population pose several challenges. The growing Chinese middle-class and their consumption creates a pressuring situation for the agricultural sector. The country has to feed 20% of the world’s total population with only 7% of global farmland, which creates an equation hard to solve.

Is China involved in Land Lrabbing in Sub-Saharan Africa? Photo: Melinda Chan, Flickr

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When Farmers Lose Their Land And Home

Have you heard about the investors, who come to cultivate our soil? They come from all over the world and invest. How shall it go for our country? Let the farmer keep his soil.” This is what three Ethiopian farmers sing in the beginning of the film Dead donkeys fear no hyenas by the Swedish director Joakim Demmer. They smile and move happily to the rhythms of the music – a strange contrast to the bleak topic of the film: land grabbing and its consequences.

When farmers are forced to leave their land, they lose an important part of their daily life. Photo: Synergos Institute, Flickr.

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Farmland – The New Gold?

As global economic risks, such as fluctuating currencies and crashing stock markets increase, more and more investment funds, agribusinesses and sovereign wealth funds invest in farmland. A safe bet, since it is a fixed asset with potential for high returns, given the rise in land and commodity prices and the inexhaustible demand for food.

Has thus farmland become the new gold?

Digging for gold. Photo: Flickr

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Combating Land Grabbing

It seems to be the case that almost all major international actors agree – land grabbing is something inherently bad. Despite this consensus, however, there is seemingly a lack of constructive proposals. How should land grabbing be tackled? Who is responsible for taking action? And what can be done to prevent it from happening in the future?

What will it take to solve land grabbing? Photo: Peretz Partensky, Flickr

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