Argues that the role of the European Union in landgrabbing is manifold. EU actors are involved in the financing of large-scale land deals worldwide through forms of private finance;public finance and a combination of both. The EU’s position as an agricultural powerhouse is dependent on the huge import of agricultural commodities and inputs from the global South. Europe has a vast land import dependency with nearly 60% of the land used to meet Europe’s demand for agricultural and forestry products coming from outside its borders. On land governance the EU: hinders necessary and important land redistribution and restitution programmes; locks in onerous land deals;fosters land commodification; disempowers local legal resistance; impedes the reversal of abuses of illegitimate and unjust land and water deals; and limits the scope of progressive agrarian and agricultural policies that protect small-scale farmers and public health. By supporting this global investment regime;the EU seriously undermines efforts to stop and roll back landgrabbing;thereby legalising illegitimate activities.
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Michelle Sonkoue & Samuel Nguiffo
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