Contributions to this panel discuss confrontational socioeconomic and political processes related to current trends in the expansion of large-scale commercial agriculture for the purpose of biofuels and food production for export, or the like.
Within the current rush for available, affordable and arable agricultural land, Africa is perceived as an attractive destination. The rapid expansion of large-scale commercial agriculture mainly in order to produce food-crops and biofuels for export does not only cause land use changes but may also stimulate or result in new conflict constellations on the local, national, and transnational level. Contributions to this panel discuss confrontational socioeconomic and political processes related to changing land use patterns in Africa. In how far do developments like the so-called "land grabbing" relate to conflicts over resources and other socioeconomic challenges (e.g. labour migration and security, adequate wage payment or conflicts on territorial politics)? How can these struggles be explained from a perspective linking political power to the societal use of nature? Paper propositions are welcome that focus on transnational dynamics as well as local analysis of resource conflicts related to current large-scale land transformation.