Governing the Global Land Grab: What Role for Gender in the Voluntary Guidelines and the Principles for Responsible Investment?


Collins, Andrea M. 2014. "Governing the Global Land Grab: What Role for Gender in the Voluntary Guidelines and the Principles for Responsible Investment?" Globalizations 11 (2): 189-203.

Author: Andrea M. Collins


The heightened interest in large-scale foreign agricultural investment in regions with ‘unused’ arable land has triggered a great deal of international attention. Concerns about ‘land grabbing’ have initiated efforts at the global level to establish standards for ‘responsible investment’ and good governance. These initiatives warrant critical examination given the social, political, and economic inequalities to which they are designed to respond, yet the scholarship on these initiatives frequently fails to incorporate gendered analyses. This article argues that gendered analysis of the governance of land grabs not only belongs at the local level—where it continues to yield important insights into how gender inequality is manifested in various forms of local governance—but that it is sorely needed at the global level as well. As such, this article begins an assessment of these governance frameworks and how they consider local realities, with particular attention to gender-based inequalities.

Keywords: gender, global governance, land grabbing, large-scale land acquisitions, voluntary guidelines, agricultural investment

Topics: Economies, Gender, Gender Analysis, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Governance, Land Grabbing, Rights, Land Rights

Year: 2014

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