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Land Grab in Africa: A Review of Emerging Issues and Implications for Policy Options

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Over the past decade, large-scale land acquisition in Africa has become quite intense, especially in DRC, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia. While African countries are motivated by the need to transform the agricultural sector and diversify their economies, the urge to meet the needs of future food and biofuel security, among others, underpins foreign interest. This divergence of interest makes the realisation of the prospective benefits elusive in Africa. Maximsing the benefits of large-scale land acquisition requires bold actions against the following structural impediments: (i) weak land governance and a failure to recognise, protect and properly compensate local communities? land rights; (ii) lack of country capacity to process and manage large-scale investments; (iii) foreign investors? proposals that are inconsistent with local and national visions; (iv) resource conflict with negative distributional and gender effects; and (vii) inadequate capacity to assess the social, economic and environmental impact of the project on local communities. This paper suggests a 10-point agenda for maximising the benefits of the land grab in Africa. (?)
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  • Ayodele F. Odusola, "undated". "Land Grab in Africa: A Review of Emerging Issues and Implications for Policy Options," Working Papers 124, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
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    1. repec:rac:ecchap:2017-18 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Cornia, Giovanni Andrea & Odusola, Ayodele & Bhorat, Haroon & Conceição, Pedro, 2017. "Planting and nurturing the seeds of equity in Africa," UNDP Africa Research Discussion Papers 266951, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
    3. repec:rac:ecchap:2017-05 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Odusola, Ayodele, 2017. "Agriculture, Rural Poverty and Income Inequality in sub-Saharan Africa," UNDP Africa Economists Working Papers 266998, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
    5. UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa & Ayodele Odusola & Giovanni Andrea Cornia & Haroon Bhorat & Pedro Conceição & Ayodele Odusola & Giovanni Andrea Cornia & Haroon Bhorat & Pedro Concei ‹o, "undated". "Conclusions and Policy Recommendations," UNDP Africa Policy Notes 2017-18, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa.
    6. UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa & Ayodele Odusola, "undated". "Agriculture, Rural Poverty and Income Inequality in sub-Saharan Africa," UNDP Africa Policy Notes 2017-05, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Africa.

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