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Legal empowerment in agribusiness investments: harnessing political economy analysis

Increased private sector investment in tropical agriculture has created both hopes and fears for rural livelihoods in low- and middle-income countries. One of the major challenges is in empowering rural people to make informed choices, exercise their rights and have their voices heard when dealing with the government or the private sector.

This analytical paper is aimed at legal empowerment practitioners and analysts. It explores how political economy analysis can help practitioners make sense of the issues, and distils insights from practical experience on how legal empowerment initiatives can rise to the challenge.

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  • External: X00175
  • Published: Apr 2017 - LEGEND, London
  • Area: Asia, Africa
  • Themes: Land acquisitions and rights, Law
  • Source pub: LEGEND Analytical paper, April 2017
  • Language: English

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Cotula, L., with Berger, T. (2017) Legal empowerment in agribusiness investments: harnessing political economy analysis. Analytical paper, April 2017, London, LEGEND.
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Around the world, citizens' groups are taking action to change the way investments in natural resources are happening, to protect the rights of citizens and the environment for a fairer and more sustainable world. The Legal Tools for Citizen Empowerment initiative shares tools and tactics among practitioners.

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