History Repeating: Land Grabs and the Highland Clearances

As part of Oxfam’s Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign, Timespan hosted a major seminar highlighting the parallels between present day land grabs in developing countries and the Highland Clearances which took place in Scotland.

2013 marks 200 years since the Sutherland Clearances, when large numbers of people were forced off the land they called home. But, right now, in developing countries an area of land bigger than Loch Ness is snapped up by foreign investors every five hours.

This seminar considered how Scottish history can influence the global debate on land rights in order to protect the world’s poorest people. Speakers included:

  • Humza Yousaf MSP, Scottish International Development Minister
  • Judith Robertson, Head of Oxfam Scotland
  • Jacquie Aitken, Heritage Officer, Timespan


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