The Political Economy of Large-Scale Agricultural Land Acquisitions: Implications for Food Security and Livelihoods/Employment Creation in Rural Mozambique
AbstractThis paper will provide a brief assessment of the impacts of investments on food security and rural livelihoods/ employment creation in Mozambique. Based on the lessons learned from the Mozambican experience the paper will discuss the potential role of large-scale land acquisitions in promoting food security and reducing poverty. The paper will also discuss some of the opportunity costs associated with large-scale farming and look at the alternative rural development strategies available to Mozambique, as well as other land-abundant African countries. The paper concludes that, despite some recorded positive impacts, the relatively high number of negative impacts from recent large-scale land acquisitions in Mozambique give cause for concern. The country`s demographic and sociopolitical characteristics suggest that a laborintensive rural development strategy may be more suitable than the attraction of large-scale investments in farmland.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa (UNDP/RBA) in its series Working Papers with number 2012-004.
Length: 63 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2012
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Food Security; reducing poverty; land acquisitions; Mozambique;
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- O2 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy
- K00 - Law and Economics - - General - - - General (including Data Sources and Description)
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