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

Cotula, Lorenzo and Oya, Carlos and Codjoe, Emmanuel A. and Eid, Abdurehman and Kakraba-Ampeh, Mark and Keeley, James and Lokaley Kidewa, Admasu and Makwarimba, Melissa and Michago Seide, Wondwosen and Ole Nasha, William and Owusu Asare, Richard and Rizzo, Matteo (2014) 'Testing Claims about Large Land Deals in Africa: Findings from a Multi-Country Study.' Journal of Development Studies, 50 (7). pp. 903-925.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Economics
ISSN: 00220388
Copyright Statement: Open Access Article
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/00220388.2014.901501
Depositing User: Carlos Oya
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2014 08:57
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/18621

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