Domestic land acquisitions in West Africa

The rush for farmland by urban ‘businessmen’

Authored by: Thea Hilhorst , Joost Nelen

Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa

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

Print ISBN: 9781857436693
eBook ISBN: 9780203110942
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203110942-11

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Abstract

Most analysis of the recent wave of large-scale land acquisitions in Africa has focused on the role of international players and central government. Simultaneously a subtle but potentially more invasive rush for rural land by city-based domestic businessmen is taking place. These acquisitions are expanding fast and risk blocking the growth of smallholder farming systems and the local economy.

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