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Commercialisation of Land and 'Land Grabbing'

Signpost to customary land, Zambia (CIFOR/Flickr)This project investigates the multiple pressures towards the commercialisation of land in Southern Africa - part of a phenomenon that has accelerated since the ‘food price crisis’ of 2007-2008.

It will provide grounded evidence on how deals are structured, how people respond to them, and the adequacy of existing land rights to protect local people.

Land is increasingly commercialised through the leasing, concessions or sale of public and communal lands to foreign companies and governments for food production, for tourism developments, for biofuel production, and for other commercial agricultural uses.

Land deals in Mozambique

mozlandA workshop on Governance of Large Scale Land Transactions in Mozambique took place on 31 July 2013. The event aimed to show preliminary findings from research in Manhica and Massingir, and to encourage dialogue among stakeholders in land transactions.

The workshop report and presentation slides are below.

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Commercialisation of Land and ‘Land Grabbing‘: project overview

Signpost to customary land, Zambia (CIFOR/Flickr)The project Commercialisation of Land and ‘Land Grabbing‘: Implications for Land Rights and Livelihoods in Southern Africa investigates the multiple pressures towards the commercialisation of land in Southern Africa - part of a phenomenon that has accelerated since the ‘food price crisis’ of 2007-2008.

It will provide grounded evidence on how deals are structured, how people respond to them, and the adequacy of existing land rights to protect local people.

Read more...