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


2009 to 2012


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.


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.


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.


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