Chris Huggins, DGES doctoral candidate, presents at Global Land Grabbing Conference

Chris Huggins,  a 4th year PhD candidate in DGES, was awarded a small grant by the  Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) to prepare and present a conference paper, “Consolidating land, consolidating control: What future for smallholder farming in Rwanda’s ‘Green Revolution’?”  at the second international academic workshop on ‘Global Land Grabbing’. The paper is available on the conference website,  at

The workshop on ‘Global Land Grabbing’ was held on 17-19 October 2012 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, USA. This event was presented by the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) and the Cornell Department of Development Sociology. Among the confirmed keynote speakers was the new Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Brazilian academic, José Graziano da Silva.

This conference is a follow up to the highly successful 2011 conference, Global Land Grabbing, held 6-8 April at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex, Brighton, England.

138 papers were presented, covering various regions, countries, and issues (different  crop types, actors, etc). Most of them are posted online at:

For more details on the LDPI, see:

Chris will also be making a short presentation on the prevailing trends evident from the Land Grab II conference to the Ottawa-based Land Study Group (an informal group of academics, public sector workers and non-governmental personnel working on land issues) in November.

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