Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Land Acquisitions for Food and Fuel

  • Matias E. Margulis
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_345-2



Large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) for the production of food, animal feed, and, especially, biofuel have become a controversial issue in global affairs, which are laden with massive ethical challenges. LSLAs, commonly referred to as “land grabbing,” are a worldwide phenomena, the incidence of which has risen sharply since the 2008 global food crisis and has been estimated to have surpassed the acquisition of over 150 million hectares of land worldwide. The contemporary global rush by investors and states to acquire high-quality agricultural land is linked to ethical concerns, for example, when land deals lead to the forced displacement of local populations that previously had customarily worked and subsisted on such lands previously or when domestic food production is displaced by biofuel...


Ethical Challenge Land Acquisition Land Deal Sovereign Wealth Fund Global Ethic 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.
This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.


  1. Alden Wily, L. (2012). Looking back to see forward: The legal niceties of land theft in land rushes. Journal of Peasant Studies, 39(3–4), 751–775.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Anseeuw, W., Alden Wily, L., Cotula, L., & Taylor, M. (2012). Land rights and the rush for land: Findings of the global commercial pressures on land research project. Rome: ILC.Google Scholar
  3. Cotula, L. (2012). The international political economy of the global land rush: A critical appraisal of trends, scale, geography and drivers. Journal of Peasant Studies, 39(3–4), 649–680.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Deininger, K., Byerlee, D., Lindsay, J., Norton, A., Selod, H., & Stickler, M. (2011). Rising global interest in farmland: Can it yield sustainable and equitable benefits? Washington, DC: World Bank.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Dower, N. (1998). World ethics: The new agenda. Edinburgh: University Press.Google Scholar
  6. Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Jennifer C. Franco & Chunyu Wang. (2013). The ghallenge of global governance of land grabbing: Changing international agricultural context and competing political views and strategies. Globalization, 10(1), 161–179. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14747731.2013.764152#.U0riBsdRevk.
  7. Gamborg, C., Millar, K., Shortall, O., & Sandøe, P. (2012). Bioenergy and land use: Framing the ethical debate. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 25(6), 909–925.Google Scholar
  8. Oxfam. (2011). Land and power: The growing scandal surrounding the new wave of investments in land. Oxford: Oxfam.Google Scholar
  9. Robertson, B., & Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (2010). Global land acquisition: Neo-colonialism or development opportunity? Journal of Food Security, 2(3), 271–283.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Toft, K. H. (2012). A global solution to land grabbing? An institutional cosmopolitan approach. In T. Potthast & S. Meisch (Eds.), Climate change and sustainable development: Ethical perspectives on land use and food production (pp. 69–74). Wageningen: Wageningen.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Zoomers, A. (2010). Globalisation and the foreignization of space: Seven processes driving the current global land grab. Journal of Peasant Studies, 37(2), 429–444.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International StudiesUniversity of Northern British ColumbiaPrince GeorgeCanada