Land grabbing and human rights

The Directorate-General for External Policies of the European Parliament issued a report Land grabbing and human rights (2016, 130pp) on the involvement of European corporate and financial entities in land grabbing outside the European Union. The report refers several times to pastoralists and explicitly mentions them in the introduction: “The same applies to pastoralist communities. Converting them to sedentary agriculture evokes the idea that it is a win-win solution: poor people get their land, sometimes even with formal private titles, while the remainder of the pastoralist or shifting cultivation areas are then taken over by the state. Or, entire communities are just as easily relocated, since shifting cultivation and pastoralist fields are often categorized as state-claimed “empty” land.

Posted on 2 June 2016 in General Policy Documents, Pastoralism & Extractives, Pastoralism & Natural Resources, Pastoralism, Policy & Power