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Title:Africa's land rush: rural livelihoods and agrarian change
Editors:Hall, RuthISNI
Scoones, IanISNI
Tsikata, DzodziISNI
Series:African issues
City of publisher:Woodbridge
Publisher:James Currey Ltd
ISBN:1847011306; 9781847011305
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
land tenure
foreign investments
land acquisition
rural areas
Abstract:The case studies in this book explore the processes through which land deals are being made; the implications for agrarian structure, rural livelihoods and food security; and the historical context of changing land uses, revealing that these land grabs may resonate with, even resurrect, forms of large-scale production associated with the colonial and early independence eras. The book depicts the striking diversity of deals and dealers: white Zimbabwean farmers in northern Nigeria, Dutch and American joint ventures in Ghana, an Indian agricultural company in Ethiopia's hinterland, European investors in Kenya's drylands and a Canadian biofuel company on its coast, South African sugar agribusiness in Tanzania's southern growth corridor, in Malawi's 'Greenbelt' and in southern Mozambique, and white South African farmers venturing onto former state farms in the Congo. Contents: Introduction: the contexts and consequences of Africa's land rush (Ruth Hall, Ian Scoones and Dzodzi Tsikata); State, land and agricultural commercialisation in Kwara State, Nigeria (Joseph A. Ariyo and Michael Mortimore); Recent transnational land deals and the local agrarian economy in Ghana (Joseph Awetori Yaro and Dzodzi Tsikata); Large-scale land acquisitions in Ethiopia: implications for agricultural transformation and livelihood security (Maru Shete and Marcel Rutten); Land deals and pastoralist livelihoods in Laikipia County, Kenya (John Letai); Land deals in the Tana Delta, Kenya (Abdirizak Arale Nunow); The state and foreign capital in agricultural commercialisation: the case of Tanzania's Kilombero sugar company (Emmanuel Sulle and Rebecca Smalley); Trapped between the Farm Input Subsidy Programme and Green Belt Initiative: Malawi's contemporary agrarian political economy (Blessings Chinsinga and Michael Chasukwa); Agrarian struggles in Mozambique: insights from sugarcane plantations (Gaynor Paradza and Emmanuel Sulle); South African commercial farmers in the Congo (Ruth Hall, Ward Anseeuw and Gaynor Paradza). [ASC Leiden abstract]