Women and Land Deals in Africa and Asia: Weighing the Implications and Changing the Game

Citation:

Daley, Elizabeth, and Sabine Pallas. 2014. “Women and Land Deals in Africa and Asia: Weighing the Implications and Changing the Game.” Feminist Economics 20 (1): 178–201. doi:10.1080/13545701.2013.860232.

Authors: Elizabeth Daley, Sabine Pallas

Abstract:

Large-scale land deals have attracted much attention from media and policymakers, and several international initiatives are attempting to regulate and address the impacts of such deals. Little attention has been paid to the gendered implications of such deals in the literature, and most regulatory initiatives do not address gender adequately. To fill this gap, this contribution identifies implications of land deals for women and recommends measures to mitigate negative impacts. It reviews evidence from four case studies commissioned for the International Land Coalition (ILC) Global Study of Commercial Pressures on Land conducted in 2010. The evidence is analyzed within a framework that posits women’s vulnerability to land deals as due to four dimensions of underlying discrimination. This study analyzes three of these dimensions in depth, arguing that women are likely to be affected differently by land deals and disproportionately more likely to be negatively affected than men.

Keywords: women, land, rural economic development, gender

Topics: Development, Economies, Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Land grabbing Regions: Africa, Asia

Year: 2014

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