The Forfood projects together with University of Waterloo hosted a three day workshop on land and food politics from 18 to 20 August 2014. The workshop took place in the premises of University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

The workshop was made possible by joint funding from the University of Waterloo International Research Partnership Grant Program and the Forfood project, Norwegian Research Council.

The Forfood team would especially like to thank Professor Bruce Muirhead for organizing the workshop, as well as Professor Hugh Campbell, Professor Jennifer Clapp, Associate Professor Steffanie Scott, Associate Professor Derek Hall, Associate Professor Bruce Frayne and all the participating Masters and PhD-students for their valuable contribution to the seminars and discussions. You can read more about the Global Food Politics Group, University of Waterloo on the Global Food Politics Group webpage.

The programme for the workshop was the following:


10.15 – 10.45  Welcome and introduction – Hilde Bjørkhaug, Norwegian Centre for Rural Research andBruce Muirhead, Univ. of Waterloo

10.45 – 11.45  Dilemmas of the Norwegian pension fund: Ethics, politics, profits – Siri Carson, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

11.45 – 12.45  Multifunctional European agriculture – response to the increased focus onfood security and farmland conservation –  Katrina Rønningen, Norwegian Centre for Rural Research

12.45 – 1.45  LUNCH

1.45 – 2.45  Banking of land –  Philip McMichael, Cornell University

2.45 – 3.45  New Zealand’s Free Trade Deal with China: re-evaluating the rhetoric and reality of free-trade deals in agriculture –  Hugh Campbell, University of Otago

3.45 – 4.45  Where Is Japan in the Global Land Grab Debate? – Derek Hall, Wilfrid Laurier University

6.00  Dinner at Bruce Muirhead/Sandra Bair’s house


9.30 – 10.30  Saving the earth, the land or both? New alliances in controversieson land use in Norway. SiriØ. Sørensen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and  Heidi Vinge, Norwegian Centre for Rural Research

10.30-11.30  Land investments in Saskatchewan: Good or bad? – Bruce Muirhead, Univ. of Waterloo and JosteinBrobakk, Norwegian Centre for Rural Research

11.30 – 12.30  Responsibility to the rescue? – Jennifer Clapp, University of Waterloo/CIGI

12.30 – 1.30  LUNCH

1.30 –2.00  Indirect land grabbing, private certification and Global GAP  – Jacob Muirhead, McMaster University

2.00 – 3.00  Intergenerational justice and paying it forward: Should land use beefficient or sustainable? – Allen Alvarez, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

May Thorseth, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

3.00 – 4.00  Discussion and summary –  Chair: Bruce Muirhead and Hilde Bjørkhaug

5.30  Dinner at Mennonite farm in Elmira region


08.30 – 09.30  FORFOOD project meeting for project participants

10.00 – 4.30  Field trip to the Niagara region.


Some of the participants: