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A historical perspective on the 'Global Land Rush'

1 Jan 2011

Using a broad historical and conceptual scope, this paper by Chris Huggins and the International Land Coalition acknowledges the difficulties inherent in drawing neat conclusions regarding a long history of unequal relations around agricultural production and trade.

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Alternative Indicators of Well-Being for Melanesia: Changing the Way Progress is Measured in the South Pacific

1 Sep 2010

The Republic of Vanuatu has begun the process of testing alternative indicators of well-being which reflect Melanesian values. These specially tailored indicators modify the existing progressive measures accepted internationally by governments and aid agencies in order to better track the factors that contribute to ni-Vanuatu wellbeing. The indicators focus on factors not currently captured by the Human Development Index or accounted for within the Millennium Development Goals— factors including free access to land and natural resources, community vitality, family relationships, and culture.

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Donors open the door for land grab in PNG

1 May 2010

Video created by GRAIN in May 2010. Foreign donors are promoting land registration in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to facilitate a farmland grab, under the guise of agricultural development. Aid agencies, such as AusAid under its "Making Land Work Initiative", are ramping up the push to reform customary land tenure in order to commodify rural lands in PNG and throughout Melanesia and turn them over to foreign investors.

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In Defence of Melanesian Customary Land

1 Apr 2010

In April 2010 AID/WATCH published In Defence of Melanesian Customary Land, a collection of papers from Melanesian groups and academics on customary land and the affects of land reform.

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Introduction: Understanding Melanesian customary land

1 Apr 2010

Introduction to 'In defence of Melanesian customary land' (Anderson and Lee eds, 2010).

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The global land rush: Catalyst for resource-driven conflict?

30 Jul 2000

On May 11, the UN approved new international rules to govern how land is acquired abroad. These Voluntary Guidelines (VGs), the outcome of several years of protracted negotiations, are a response to growing global concern that nations and private investors are seizing large swaths of overseas agricultural land owned or used by small farmers and local communities for food, medicinal, or livelihood purposes. FAO head Jose Graziano da Silva describes the VGs as “a starting point that will help improve the often dire situation of the hungry and poor.”

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