Contemporary Processes of Large-Scale Land Acquisition in Sub-Saharan Africa: Legal Deficiency or Elite Capture of the Rule of Law?

Citation:

German, Laura, George Schoneveld, and Esther Mwangi. 2013. “Contemporary Processes of Large-Scale Land Acquisition in Sub-Saharan Africa: Legal Deficiency or Elite Capture of the Rule of Law?” World Development 48: 1–18.

Authors: Laura German, George Schoneveld, Esther Mwangi

Abstract:

This paper strives to introduce a discussion of the gender dimensions into the growing debate on large-scale land deals. It addresses the current information gap on the differential gender effects of large-scale land deals through (1) an overview of the phases of large-scale land deals and discussion of related effects on rural men and women based on new literature on large-scale land deals and past literature on the gender effects of commercialization and contract farming; (2) a presentation of further evidence using several recent case studies on the gender effects of large-scale deals; (3) an identification of knowledge gaps and areas where further research is needed; and (4) a recap of promising initiatives, followed by recommendations and conclusions.

Keywords: gender, large-scale land deals, land tenure reform

Topics: Civil Society, Development, Economies, Gender, Governance, Land grabbing, Rights, Land Rights Regions: Africa

Year: 2013

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