Camilla Toulmin DPhil, FRSE, is the former director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). She has worked for many years on land within West Africa farming systems, and has recently finished a longitudinal study of village life in central Mali, documenting environmental, economic, demographic and land use change in the sites where she carried out her fieldwork 1980-82. This research will be published in late 2019 by Oxford University Press as Land, Investment and Migration: Thirty-five years of village life in Mali.
“I am keen to support Community Land Scotland because land has multiple and diverse characteristics of especial value to people within the locality. I recognise the huge benefit which access to land can bring for local people, and the disruption to livelihoods, wellbeing, and sense of confidence when access is denied or, worse, when land grabs take farmland and the commons away from local people. Strengthening local connections is ever-more important today to build resilient ecological and social systems across our country, at a time of rising uncertainty and stress. I look forward to learning more about the work of CLS and ways to spread its approach.”