1 May 2012

Listen to my land grabs talk in DC?

I will be presenting this paper at IFPRI in Washington DC on 3 May at 12:30 (ET).

"Political Economy of Land and Water Grabs"

by David Zetland and Jennifer Möller-Gulland

Abstract: We discuss the impact of corruption as a contributing factor to "land grabs" in SSA and examine land grab deals by country pairs to identify which deals may be grabs and which may be normal FDI. Most deals are made by corrupt selling countries but buying countries vary in their corruption, indicating that some of these deals may be misclassified FDI. We also examine the potential for over-exploitation of water resources in these countries. Sudan, with high corruption and strained water resources, is likely to suffer the most from land grabs. A comparison between 17 SSA countries with heavy "grab" activity and 27 others with lower levels of activity reveals that "grab targets" have the same or better governance and water resources, a finding that contradicts a hypothesis that these deals are harmful grabs but supports one that they are beneficial FDI. Deals called "grabs" may not be.

You can participate...
  1. Remotely using GoToMeeting https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/261897310
    Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) or call in +1 (630) 869-1013
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  2. In person... email me one day in advance to get on the list, address, etc.

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