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Rural resource grabs or necessary inward investment? The politics of land and water in Africa

Ruth Hall

Book/Report, 27 pages

What has happened since the furore broke over the corporate land rush in Africa? Field-based research has exposed new realities that challenge the linear suggestions of a ‘grab’. As the process unfolds and our understanding deepens, the single narrative of the ‘land grab’ fractures into multiple messy elements. New perspectives have emerged, which reinforce the view that such a grab is underway, yet complicate our understanding of who is doing this, why, how, where and with what results. At the same time, a ‘governance rush’ has seen a proliferation of international frameworks that try to regulate, rather than stop, corporate and elite acquisitions of African land and water.

Publication information

  • IIED code: 17277IIED
  • Published: Mar 2014 - IIED
  • Theme: Food and agriculture
  • ISBN: 978-1-78431-128-5
  • Language: English

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