Agricultural land grabs: What are their impacts Australia and globally?

Monday 23 May 6.00 - 7.30PM

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LT104, New Law School, Eastern Ave, University of Sydney


Agricultural land – an attractive asset for large private corporations…but who is really paying?

Since the global food crisis of 2007, agricultural land has become an attractive asset for large private corporations and state-owned entities wanting to secure food supplies. These investments have had varying effects. At times, they have been associated with forced removals of pre-existing landholders with weak tenure rights. On other occasions they have driven up local property prices and altered production priorities towards export markets. Either way, they have been implicated in creating a more vertically integrated food system aligned to global markets. This panel will discuss these issues from international and Australian perspectives.

Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Lawrence, University of Queensland
Dr Sarah Sippel, Senior Researcher, Centre for Area Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany
Professor Bill Pritchard, Geography discipline, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney

Geoffrey Lawrence is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Queensland and President of the International Rural Sociology Association. His current research investigates the ways food and farming industries are being transformed by finance capital.

Sarah Ruth Sippel is a geographer and a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig, Germany. At present, she is a visiting researcher at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses upon the nexus between food security, financialisation of natural resources, and emerging forms of solidarity within global agrifood systems.

Bill Pritchard is a Professor in Human Geography specialising in agriculture, food and rural places. His is interested in the ways that global and local processes are transforming places, industries and people’s lives. He remains a skeptical internationalist – believing in the promise of a better world but frustrated by the obstacles that beset this objective.