Land Grabbing Essays

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The Journal of Peasant Studies
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Land grabbing in Latin America and the Caribbean
Saturnino M. Borras Jr. , Jennifer C. Franco , Sergio Gómez , Cristóbal Kay & Max Spoor Published online: 28 May 2012.

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The Journal of Peasant Studies Vol. 39, Nos. 3–4, July–October 2012, 845–872

Land grabbing in Latin America and the Caribbean
´ ´ Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Jennifer C. Franco, Sergio Gomez, Cristobal Kay and Max Spoor

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Land grabbing has gained momentum in Latin America and the Caribbean during the past decade. The phenomenon has taken different forms and character as compared to processes that occur in other regions of the world, especially Africa. It puts into question some of the assumptions in the emerging literature on land grabbing, suggesting these are too food-centered/too food crisis-centered, too land-centred, too centred on new global food regime players – China, South Korea, Gulf States and India – and too centred on Africa. There are four key mechanisms through which land grabbing in Latin American and the Caribbean has been carried out: food security initiatives, energy/fuel security ventures, other climate change mitigation strategies, and recent demands for resources from newer hubs of global capital. The hallmark of land grabbing in the region is its intra-regional character: the key investors are (Trans-)Latin American companies, often in alliance with international capital and the central state.

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