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Workshop – Whose land will feed, power and build a post 2030 world?

As soil degrades in the west, we look for fertile ground elsewhere. Large areas in the global south are being occupied by multi-national agriculture ventures, often through violence and oppression, only to have the harvest exported to markets in Europe. Many of the technologies of tomorrow are bio-based; we want to make plastic out of sugarcane and diesel out of palm oil - there is a finite amount of land, will it be enough?

Farmer, food, eating

Imagine waking up to the news that a quarter of Skåne had been gifted to a foreign multi-national who would be using it to grow Eucalyptus. Imagine the horror when you were forced to sell your land for almost nothing or risk a violent eviction. That was what farmers in northern Mozambique experienced during the Green Resources land grab. Hear their stories through documentary storytelling provided by Afrikagrupperna.

Afterwards, we will dig deep into the issue of land use change: do EU-policies on renewable energy promote land grabbing for the production of energy crops? What happens when climate change leaves us with less arable land – will we see even more land grabs than today? How are landgrabs connected to our own consumption - is there something we can do here in Sweden? With us to discuss these issues are:


Emma Li Johansson, is a PhD candidate at LUCSUS whose research focus on understanding socio-environmental effects of land use and land cover change in the context of landgrabbing. She investigates the phenomenon with different scales of analysis, and for part of her research on the local scale she has employed and developed participatory methods for combining art and research. For instance she created three paintings with local villagers in Tanzania which represents the past, present, and future local perceptions of socio-environmental change in villages that experience landgrabbing.
Million Belay Ali, a PhD researcher at Stockholm Resilience Center and founder of the MELCA-Ethiopia NGO and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), is an expert in and advocate for forestry conservation, indigenous livelihoods and food and seed sovereignty. 

Sara Brogaardsenior lecturer at LUCSUS whose research revolves around livelihoods in relation to land change processes and climate variability/change and recently she has focused on how the EU Directive on Renewable Energy leads to land pressure in Tanzania.

Detailed Programme

15.00 Documentary Storytelling from Northern Mozambique with Afrikagrupperna

15.20 Presentation by Emma Johansson, LUCSUS

15.40 Presentation by Sara Brogaard, LUCSUS

16.00 Presentation by Million Belay Ali, Stockholm Resilience Centre

16.20 Discussion 


15.00 to 17.00, 24 April 2018


Auditoriet/206, Universitetshuset, Paradisgatan, Lund


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The participation is for free, but if you have registered but are forced to cancel your participation, please send us an e-mail: ludwig [dot] bengtsson_sonesson [at] cec [dot] lu [dot] se

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Lund University Sustainaiblity Forum

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