New EADI Webinar: This land is your land, this land is my land? 30 January, 3:00pm CET
Land grabbing has brought to the fore issues around the access to and control over land and natural resources. Understanding the framings, mechanisms, motivations, and impacts of these types of contested land deals will be critical for developing strategies for accessing and defending land and natural resources for future generations. This will require collaboration between social movements and engaged researchers to build coalitions and campaigns in a spirit of ‘scholar-activism’.
Sylvia Kay is a project officer at the Transnational Institute, an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable planet. She has worked in a number of European wide coalitions on issues around food sovereignty, human rights, and natural resource justice, and is the author of a European Parliament study on land grabbing and land concentration in the EU.
Attila Szocs is a young peasant farmer and president of Eco Ruralis, a Romanian peasant farmers association counting 12 thousand members from all regions of the country. Attila is also the land rights program manager of Eco Ruralis, coordinating the activities of the organization, creating transparency on land grabbing in Romania, analysing national land policy and involving with fellow peasant members in advocacy and lobby efforts.