The Great African Land Grab? (African Arguments)

The Great African Land Grab? (African Arguments)

Lorenzo Cotula


during the last few years, large-scale land acquisitions in Africa have stoked controversy, making headlines in media studies internationally. Land that just a few minutes in the past appeared of little outdoors curiosity is now being sought via overseas traders to the music of thousands of hectares. Private-sector expectancies of upper global foodstuff and commodity costs and executive issues approximately longer-term nationwide meals and effort safety have either made land a extra appealing asset. Dubbed ‘land grabs’ within the media, large-scale land acquisitions became the most observed and contentious issues among these learning, operating in or writing approximately Africa. a few commentators have welcomed this development as a bearer of recent livelihood possibilities. Others have countered by means of pointing to unfavourable social affects, together with lack of neighborhood land rights, threats to neighborhood meals protection and the chance that large-scale investments may well marginalize kin farming. Lorenzo Cotula, a number one specialist within the box, casts a serious eye over the main trustworthy facts in this hotly contested subject, analyzing the results of land offers in Africa either for its humans and for international agriculture and foodstuff defense.

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