Understanding the how, where and why of global land, water and green grabs

30 November 2012

As policy makers gather in Doha over the next week for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 18), discussions will inevitably turn to the creation of a green economy that responds to the world's ongoing climate and resource scarcity challenges. It is exactly within this context of scarcity and  security that fellows from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) argued that land, water and green grabs need to be understood.

In their seminar, IDS fellows Ian Scoones, Melissa Leach and Lyla Mehta provided a timely insight into the global land, water and green grab deals that are increasingly taking place. The seminar explored in more detail how, where and why these grabs were occurring and made reference to articles contributed recently to the Journal of Peasant Studies by all three fellows on the issues of land, water and green grabs. It also set out a number of recommendations relevant to those policy makers currently meeting at COP 18.

All three presenters talked about the commodification of resources driven by concerns over future energy, water, food and climate security. They also examined the increasingly common discourse in both policy and academic circles concerning the nexus between water, energy, food and climate security.

This particular theme, alongside the specific issue of water grabs and global water politics, was explored in more detail in an interview with Lyla Mehta.