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Land – a Common Good or a Good Investment?

8 november 2017 @ 08:00 - 10:00

Welcome to a discussion about democratic and sustainable use of land and how it is affected by current land policy and today’s global food system.

From many places all over the world alarming reports are showing how foreign investors and financial actors are favoured at the expense of small-scale farmers’ and indigenous peoples’ right to land. Policies on national, regional and international levels – in Sweden and globally – are systematically favouring investments in large scale industrial agriculture. Land is viewed as a financial asset which has led to increasing investments in farmland, severe environmental and health consequences and violations of human rights. Currently, a change in the law that regulates land ownership and land investments in Sweden is being debated and the risk of worsening the situation has been pointed out by various actors.

At the seminar we will discuss this development, providing examples from Sweden, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Small scale-farmers – that feed the majority of the world’s population – are demanding a systemic shift towards sustainable alternatives to the dominant agricultural model.

Here the right to land and territory is at the centre and alternatives are being proposed both on policy and practical levels.

Join us in a deepened discussion about political, social, economical and environmental factors that are at stake when we debate, research and decide on issues related to land use and territory.


  • Juan José Valdivia Garcia (Spain), European Coordination of La Vía Campesina. Expert on land issues.
  • André Rocha (Brasil), Landless Worker’s Movement (MST)/La Vía Campesina.
  • Patience Mususa (Zambia), senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute.
  • Torgny Östling (Sweden), NOrdBruk/La Vía Campesina. Small-scale farmer.
  • Mariano Beltran (Uruguay), Friends of the Earth/REDES. Small-scale farmer and agroecology advisor.

Moderator: Malin Olofsson, journalist and writer – one of the two authors of the book, Matens pris.

Time: November 8th at 08:30-10:30. Breakfast available from 08:00-8.30.


8 november 2017
08:00 - 10:00
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Fredsgatan 2
Stockholm, Sverige
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