Marc Edelman is professor of anthropology at Hunter College, USA,and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA. His books include The logic of the latifundio (1992), Peasants against globalization (1999), The anthropology of development and globalization (co-edited 2005), Social democracy in the global periphery (co-authored 2007), Transnational agrarian movements confronting globalization (co-edited 2008), and Global land grabs: history, theory and method (co-edited 2015). Ruth Hall is an associate professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa,and holds a DPhil in politics from the University of Oxford, UL. Her research focuses on land and agrarian reform in South Africa, and she also does research on land rights, agricultural commercialization and â€˜land grabbingâ€™ in Africa. She is a founding member and co-convenor of the Land Deal Politics Initiative and the BRICS Initiative in Critical Agrarian Studies, and is the coordinator of the Future Agricultures Consortiumâ€™s work on land in Africa and coordinator of its regional hub for Southern Africa. Saturnino M. Borras Jr. is a professor of agrarian studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, the Netherlands, an adjunct professor at China Agricultural University in Beijing, and a fellow of the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute (TNI) and of the California- based Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First). He is a founding member and co-convenor of the Land Deal Politics Initiative. Ian Scoones is a professorial fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK,and Director of the ESRC STEPS Centre, UK. He works on land, agricultural and agrarian and environmental change in Africa. He is a founding member and co-convenor of the Land Deal Politics Initiative. Ben White is an emeritus professor of rural sociology at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, the Netherlands. His research has focused mainly on processes of agrarian change and the anthropology and history of childhood and youth. He has been engaged in research on these issues in Indonesia since the early 1970s. Wendy Wolford is Polson Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University, USA. Her research interests include the political economy of development, social movements, land distribution, agricultural knowledge and the politics of land management.She is a founding member and co-convenor of the Land Deal Politics Initiative and a member of the editorial collective of the Journal of Peasant Studies.