Financial Markets and Land Speculation
The Seminar is part of an international campaign focusing on the role of the pension fund TIAA and includes social movements and scholars from Brazil, Canada, Germany and the United States looking at financial markets, land and food systems.
Financialization is leading to new forms of land grabbing, with heavy involvement by pension funds and other financial corporations that began targeting farmland around the world after the emergence of the financial crisis in 2007-2008.
Rural communities in the Global North and in the Global South, as well as workers in the Global North whose pensions are invested in land grabbing, are both impacted and can work together to stop this trend.
The event follows the 1st International Seminar on Land Grabbing, hosted and sponsored by the Center for Place, Culture and Politics in November of 2015, with the launching of the report “Foreign pension funds and land grabbing in Brazil”, available in Portuguese, English and French.
- Maria Luisa Mendonça (Moderator) – Visiting Scholar, Center for Place, Culture and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center
- Fabio Pitta – Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos (Network for Social Justice and Human Rights, Brazil)
- Isolete Wichinieski – Comissão Pastoral da Terra (Pastoral Land Commission, Brazil)
- Devlin Kuyek – GRAIN (Canada)
- David Harvey – Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography and Director of Research, Center for Place, Culture and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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- The Center for Place, Culture and Politics – CUNY Graduate Center
- ActionAid USA
- Comissão Pastoral da Terra (Pastoral Land Commission, Brazil)
- FIAN International
- Friends of the Earth, U.S.
- Grassroots International (US)
- Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
- National Family Farm Coalition (US)
- Presbyterian Hunger Program – PC(USA)
- Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos (Network for Social Justice and Human Rights, Brazil)
- WhyHunger (US)