LGAR - SYNTHESIS - Land grabbing: New actors in a longstanding process


  • Isaac Lawther University of Waterloo




land, land grabbing, rural livelihoods, agrarian reform


Land is a complex component of the global food system. There is no one definitive function of land; we can stand on it, build on it, grow food on it, extract from it, divide it, and identify with it. Not surprisingly, rising investment in farmland in the wake of the 2007–08 food crisis—popularly referred to as the global “land grab”—has been a contentious issue in the global politics of food and agriculture. There has been no shortage of exchange between scholars, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and civil society on the issue. The preceding papers in this section by Akram-Lodhi, Brent, and Wolford covered, among other things, three distinct issues within the ongoing discussion of global land grabs: dispossession, the agrarian question(s), and access to and control over resources. They also discussed some possible paths forward.

Author Biography

Isaac Lawther, University of Waterloo

Isaac Lawther is a Master's student in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo. He researches Sino-African agricultural projects with a regional focus on East Africa - specifically Rwanda and Uganda.




How to Cite

Lawther, I. (2015). LGAR - SYNTHESIS - Land grabbing: New actors in a longstanding process. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation, 2(2), 250–255. https://doi.org/10.15353/cfs-rcea.v2i2.124