Conference

Friday 07 November 2014, 09:00 - 18:00

The Right to Food and Conflicts over Land Use

various panelists

A Symposium hosted by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and the Centre for International Environmental Studies of the Graduate Institute Geneva with support from the EC FoodSecure Project

7th November 2014
Jacques Freymond Auditorium, 132 Rue de Lausanne
Graduate Institute - Geneva

Starts at 9:00 until 18:00.

There are increasing conflicts between the uses of land at the aggregate as well as the local level. Food production, commodity production, biofuels, environmental conservation and local uses and food security are goals that are served through the allocation of land.  What is the nature of the conflicts between these various land uses?  How is it possible to resolve these conflicts?  What is the role for law and the international community in their resolution?

In this one day Symposium, we will gather a group of noted scholars to consider the important range of issues raised by this subject, including land use scientists, agricultural economists, geographers, social scientists, and legal and human rights scholars.  We will attempt to examine the nature of the problem at both global (land use modeling) and local (case study) perspectives.  We will also examine the way in which these conflicts are experienced by both global and local communities, and the ways in which they might be managed through domestic and international laws or intervention.

The Symposium is intended as a means of presenting and discussing the range of issues that concern the international community regarding land use conflicts – for discussion and dissemination.  The event will be hosted by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and the Centre for International Environmental Studies at the Graduate Institute – Geneva, within the framework of the EC flagship research project on Food Security, FoodSecure.

Proposed Agenda:

Session 1:  Global Land Use – Objectives and Conflicts

“Modeling Conflicts between Land Uses:  Food, Biofuels and Other Uses”
Dr. Maximo Torero, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC

“Modeling the Impact of Food and Population on the Future Availability of Land”
Prof. Tim Swanson, CIES, Graduate Institute – Geneva

“The Land Matrix Initiative: From Global Observatories to Improving Transparency and Providing Evidence for Policy”
Dr. Peter Messerli, Bern University Centre for Development and Environment


Session 2:  Right to Food – Land Use Conflicts and Rights

“Conflicts in Land Use and Human Rights Approaches to their Management”
Prof. Smita Narula, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, Hunter College

“Right to Food Responses to Land Use Conflicts”
Dr. Christophe Golay, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

“Using Human Rights Instruments to Respond to Land Use Conflicts”
Sofia Monsalve Suarez, FIAN International


Session 3:  Case Studies in Land Use Conflicts – What is the Problem? Solution?

“Food Insecurity in the Context of Changing Land Use and Land Markets: Studies in West and East Africa”
Dr. Nicolas Gerber, ZEF, University of Bonn

“Biofuels and Food Security in Sierra Leone”
Dr. Patrick Bottazzi, Lausanne University

“Navigating Tradeoffs in the Poverty-Environment Nexus in Laos”
Dr. Peter Messerli, Bern University Centre for Development and Environment

“Cambodia Rubber Plantations”
Dr. Christophe Gironde, Graduate Institute Geneva

“Plantations in Central America”
Prof. Marc Edelman, City University of New York



The Symposium is open to the international community and academia in Geneva. We wish to secure participation by a broad range of interested organizations, individuals and potential stakeholders regarding the problems of the right to food and land use management. Admission will be free with a ticket, and lunch will be provided to registered participants.
 

Please RSVP at cies@graduateinstitute.ch

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