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Testing Claims about Large Land Deals in Africa: Findings from a Multi-Country Study

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  • Lorenzo Cotula
  • Carlos Oya
  • Emmanuel A. Codjoe
  • Abdurehman Eid
  • Mark Kakraba-Ampeh
  • James Keeley
  • Admasu Lokaley Kidewa
  • Melissa Makwarimba
  • Wondwosen Michago Seide
  • William Ole Nasha
  • Richard Owusu Asare
  • Matteo Rizzo

Abstract

Despite much research on large land deals for plantation agriculture in Africa, reliable data remain elusive, partly because of limited access to information and practical and methodological challenges. International debates are still shaped by misperceptions about how much land is being acquired, where, by whom, how and with what consequences. This article aims empirically to test some common perceptions through an analysis of findings from research conducted in three African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania. The article presents new evidence on the scale, geography, drivers and features of land deals, relates findings to data from earlier research and international efforts to monitor land deals, and outlines possible ways forward for ongoing monitoring of the deals.

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  • Lorenzo Cotula & Carlos Oya & Emmanuel A. Codjoe & Abdurehman Eid & Mark Kakraba-Ampeh & James Keeley & Admasu Lokaley Kidewa & Melissa Makwarimba & Wondwosen Michago Seide & William Ole Nasha & Richa, 2014. "Testing Claims about Large Land Deals in Africa: Findings from a Multi-Country Study," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 50(7), pages 903-925, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:50:y:2014:i:7:p:903-925
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2014.901501
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