Large-scale land acquisitions in Africa: implications for sustainable development and democratic governance

Date: 

2009 to 2012

Summary: 

The purpose of this project is to prepare a synthetic report on large-scale land acquisitions in Africa and their potential implications for food sovereignty, sustainable development, and democratic governance in the continent.

Issue: 

I was prompted by concern over the social and environmental effects on Africa's rural producers of the latest wave of large-scale land acquisitions by international corporations and foreign states.

Response: 

Together with Prof. Charles Geisler, I established the New Enclosures Research Working Group (NERWG) to study the socio-ecological dynamics of the surge in large-scale commercial farming in different countries around the world. Our aim was to produce a series of studies on these developments with the intention of reaching various concerned parties at the local, regional, and international levels.

Impact: 

Research papers generated by the New Enclosures Research Working Group were presented at various international conferences, and a selection of them will be published in a special issue of the journal Rural Sociology.

Submitted by: 

  • Makki, Fouad

Researchers involved: 

  • Makki, Fouad M
  • Geisler, Charles C

International focus: 

  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia