Rubber in a Rice Bowl - KOFF Roundtable on Natural Resource Conflicts

Tuesday, 18 November, 2014 - 12:15 to 15:45
swisspeace, Sonnenbergstrasse 17, Bern

Rubber in Rice Bowl: Dynamics and effects of large-scale land acquisitions on local communities in Cambodia

The screening of the film "Rubber in a Rice Bowl" will be the starting point for further discussion on the impacts of large-scale land acquisitions on local livelihoods in Cambodia.


participation is free - registration is required until 12 November by email to: anna.leissing@swisspeace.ch



Large-scale land acquisitions are a global phenomenon that has impacts on the economic, social and political structures and dynamics of local communities in the global south. The increased availability of cash and employment or investment into local infrastructure are as real as the loss of livelihoods, growing inequalities and social conflicts. The round table takes Cambodia as example to situate the topic of large scale land acquisitions within different perspectives. The discussions will shed light on questions such as: What are the positive and negative impacts of large scale land investments at a local level? How can communities engage in dialogue with businesses and government on this topics? What roles can the private sector, home and host states as well as civil society organizations play in mitigating the negative impacts and supporting positive opportunities? Which are the entry points for Swiss NGOs from the field of development, human rights and peacebuilding working in contexts affected by land grabbing?

with the participation of:

Christophe Gironde
Senior Lecturer
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Yvan Maillard-Ardenti
Development Policy, Land Grabbing and Financial Markets
Bread for all

Jason Tower
Quaker International Affairs Representative
American Friends Service Committee


watch the teaser of the film Rubber in a Rice Bowl

read more about the research project: Large Scale Land Acquisitions in Southeast Asia: Rural Transformations between Global Agendas and Peoples’ Right to Food

view research outputs (policy briefs, working papers and master dissertations)