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Land Grabbing

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Land Grabbing occurs when land owned and used by local communities is leased or sold to outside investors such as corporations and governments from anywhere in the world. Much like other resources, land suitable for the production of agricultural goods is unevenly distributed around the globe.
Land Grabbing has become a widely discussed topic in the last decade. Due to the 2007–08 boom in food prices several countries have been looking for opportunities to secure food sources in other countries. The financial crisis and the reduced attractiveness of other investments have led to a “rediscovery” of the agricultural sector by investors. Consequently the interest in land acquisitions in developing countries has risen.
There are three broad groups of actors which buy land:
A first group includes governments from countries which are not able to provide food from domestic sources.
A second group consists of financial actors that want to create profit with investments in foreign land.
The third group is made up of large corporations which try to increase production by creating bigger farms and using more advanced technology than the traditional local agricultural or agro-industrial operators.


Let´s talk about soil

Watch the short films „Let´s talk about soil“ and „Better Save Soil“ (available in English, German, and other languages, see a full list of movies online at Links). While watching, students are invited to note:

- English words or idioms that they do not know or understand
- Measures which influence the soil in a negative way
- Measures which influence the soil in a positive way
Then watch the movies a second time and ask students to complete their notes. Afterwards write unknown English words and idioms on the blackboard and translate/ explain them in class.

For the second part, ask the students to discuss all measures which influence the soil in a negative or a positive way.
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English Words and Terms
Filme zum Boden

Group Puzzle on Land Grabbing

Students form ARTICLE-groups of 3-5, which are provided with one newspaper article each (see below under Links). Each ARTICLE-group discusses and analyses the content of its article. The members of each group create a poster with the most important contents of the article. At least one EXPERT-student presents this poster to the other groups.

After completion the presentation posters are placed across the class room with at least one EXPERT-student remaining at their group’s poster. For the next step new teams are formed containing at least one person of each ARTICLE-group. Each team chooses one poster which is explained by the EXPERT-student(s) of that poster. After the presentation by the EXPERT-student(s), the team supplements the poster by providing information about their articles.

Upon a signal the teams change to the next presentation poster. This is to be repeated until each group has attended all poster presentations.
In the final step all posters are pinned next to each other and the core message (to be highlighted on the poster) of each article is discussed in class.
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I decide

The teacher brings consumer products to class. Examples could be:
  • Seasonal fruit and vegetables
  • Organic products from ecological agriculture
  • Vegetarian products
  • Fair trade products
  • Advanced: Everyday objects like a bus ticket, a chewing gum etc.

On a small piece of paper, each student writes down how each of these products can directly or indirectly help avoid land grabbing. The notes are collected in the bag/box.

In a next step students read answers aloud and discuss them.

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Workshops und Exkursionen

Kompetenzorientierte Lernziele

  • Comprehension of soil terminology
  • Learning new English words and idioms
  • Understanding which measures influence the soil in a negative or a positive way
  • In this exercise students read articles on land grabbing from various newspapers. In groups of 3-5 persons students create a presentation poster about their article to explain the issues to the others. The goal is for everybody to know the key issues of all the articles presented.
  • Relating consumer products and land grabbing
  • Assess your own influence and opportunities

Konnex zum Lehrplan



Zuletzt aktualisiert: 2020-12-15

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Sprache, Naturwissenschaften, Religion

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Group puzzle

Geeignet für:

  • Schule

Benötigte Materialien:

  • Internet,
  • Beamer,
  • Zeitungsartikel,
  • Plakate,
  • Stifte,
  • Schuhkarton oder Stoffsackerl
  • Konsumprodukte

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