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Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa

Foreign direct investment and food and water security

Edited by: Tony Allan , Martin Keulertz , Suvi Sojamo , Jeroen Warner

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  September  2012

Print ISBN: 9781857436693
eBook ISBN: 9780203110942
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203110942
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<P>According to estimates by the International Land Coalition based at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), 57 million hectares of land have been leased to foreign investors since 2007. Current research has focused on human rights issues related to inward investment in land but has been ignorant of water resource issues and the challenges of managing scarce water. This handbook will be the first to address inward investment in land and its impact on water resources in Africa. </P> <P></P> <P>The geographical scope of this book will be the African continent, where land has attracted the attention of risk-taking investors because much land is under-utilised marginalized land, with associated water resources and rapidly growing domestic food markets. The successful implementation of investment strategies in African agriculture could determine the future of more than one billion people. An important factor to note is that Sub-Saharan Africa will, of all the continents, be hit hardest by climate change, population growth and food insecurity. Sensible investment in agriculture is therefore needed, however, at what costs and at whose expense? </P> <P></P> <P>The book will also address the livelihoods theme and provide a holistic analysis of land and water grabbing in Sub-Saharan Africa. Four other themes will addressed: politics, economics, environment and the history of land investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. </P> <P></P> <P>The editors have involved a highly diverse group of around 25 expert researchers, who will review the pro and anti-investment arguments, geopolitics, the role of capitalist investors, the environmental contexts and the political implications of, and reasons for, leasing millions of hectares in Sub-Saharan Africa. To date, there has been no attempt to review land investments through a suite of different lenses, thus this handbook will differ significantly from existing research and publication. </P> <P></P> <P>The editors are Tony Allan, (Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, School of Oriental and African Studies and King?s College London); Jeroen Warner (Assistant Professor, Disaster Studies, University of Wageningen); Suvi Sojamo (PhD Researcher, Water and Development Research Group, Aalto University); and Martin Keulertz (PhD Researcher, Department of Geography, London Water Group, King?s College London).</P>

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Enclosure revisited Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Land alienation under colonial and white settler governments in southern Africa Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Sudan and its agricultural revival Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The contradictions of development Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The experience of land grabbing in Liberia Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Chinese engagement in African agriculture Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The global food crisis and the Gulf’s quest for Africa’s agricultural potential  Download PDF
Chapter  9:  A global enclosure Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Private investment in agriculture  Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Domestic land acquisitions in West Africa Download PDF
Chapter  12:  ‘Land grabs’ and alternative modalities for agricultural investments in emerging markets Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Change in trend and new types of large-scale investments in Ethiopia Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Tapping into Al-Andaluz resources Download PDF
Chapter  15:  A blue revolution for Zambia? Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Claiming (back) the land Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Land and water grabs and the green economy Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The political economy of land and water grabs Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Will peak oil cause a rush for land in Africa? Download PDF
Chapter  20:  How to govern the global rush for land and water? Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Keep calm and carry on Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Constructing a new water future? Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Inverse globalisation? Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Green and blue water dimensions of foreign direct investment in biofuel and foodproduction in West Africa Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Green and blue water in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Groundwater in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The water resource implications for and of FDI projects in Africa Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Analyse to optimise Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Expectations and implications of the rush for land Download PDF
Chapter  30:  China–Africa agricultural co-operation, African land tenure reform and sustainable farmland investments Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Competing narratives of land reform in South Sudan Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Struggles and resistance against land dispossession in Africa Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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