Land matrix in action: “Among the Senegalese Mother-Earths

The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera features result from our LandMatrix  land monitoring project to describe the struggle of Senegalese women against land-grabbing multinationals. Read the full article here [Italian]

Agriculture, decoupling and sustainability in South America: The role of new technologies and their implementation, risks and chances

Agriculture,decoupling and sustainability in South America: The role of new technologies and their implementation, risks and chances

Authored by Dr Walter A. Dengue

The world’s population is projected to grow to 8 billion by 2030 with increasing global demands for essential resources. It is projected for example that demands for food will increase by up to 50 per cent, water by 35‐60 per cent and energy by 45 per cent. Without significant productivity increases or decreases in the global per capita consumption of food and non‐food biomass, the world’s rapidly growing population will inevitably lead to an expansion of global cropland. The data shows that the gross expansion of cropland under ‘business as usual’ conditions will be 21 ‐ 55{4b05898ae60f9b5e2d93b69cb2027f6f0d06dfa7d8f8611bbe8472c2532adfa6} from 2005 to 2050.


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Thinking about and rethinking agriculture

thinkiagrThinking about and rethinking agriculture
(GovInn, May 2014)

Author: Bruno Losch

After decades of marginalization in the international agenda, agriculture is back. The food price crisis of 2008-2009 reminded most that food security could be a major issue due to the fact that the majority of the world’s population was now living in cities (the tipping point was reached at the end of the 2000s) coupled with the perspective of a 9-billion people planet expected by 2050. Urban population will continue to grow exponentially and will require more natural resources to answer an evolving demand corresponding to new diets. This new context stimulates new strategies of governments and private firms which engage in new investments as they try to secure access to production factors (notably land as illustrated by the boom of land grabbing) and/or to control value chains. It also results in growing interest of equity companies looking for profitable assets and activities; a step towards an increasing financiarization of agriculture which is far away from the harsh reality of billions of rural people in developing countries.

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