ISBN 9780798304771
Pages 202
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Published 2014
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Land Grabs in a Green African Economy

Implications for Trade, Investment and Development Policies

edited by Godwell Nhamo, Caiphas Chekwoti

This book focuses on profiling, from both literature-based and primary research points of orientation, instances of land grabs and/or acquisitions with a focus on the implications of land grabs for trade, investment and development policy in Africa under the global green economy transition agenda. In many instances, case studies and examples paint a picture that could be of use to policy-makers. Overall, the book advocates a 'satisfy-satisfy' orientation when land deals are made, as well as total transparency from key actors, building grassroots negotiation capacity and awareness.

To illustrate some of the emerging issues in terms of land-grabs, acquisition and their implications for trade, investment and development policies, the sixth Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (trapca) conference took place in Arusha, Tanzania on 24 and 25 November 2011. The conference had two objectives: (1) to come up with concrete policy interventions and recommendations that would harness foreign investment in land on the continent; and (2) to publish this edited book of selected papers presented at the conference that met the rigorous specifications laid down by the editors and publishers. One of the major revelations to emerge from the Conference was that 'there is no vacant land in Africa'. In addition, participants took the view that land deals in Africa needed to be done on a 'satisfy-satisfy-satisfy' rather than a 'win-win-win' basis. This book is jointly published by trapca and the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA).

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"For those that are searching for an African Renaissance and equitable distribution and sustainable use of Africa’s land as a strategic resource for both economic development and climate change adaptation and mitigation in a green global economy, this book is a must read."

Dr Vuyo Mjimba Postdoctoral Fellow: Exxaro Chair in Business and Climate change, University of South Africa

"This book is a testimony of protagonists and many scholars who share the view that the land question has not yet been adequately resolved for time immemorial…In the main, the policy pointers in this book need to be thoroughly engaged by policy makers, implementers and activists, amongst others, to resolve this land question and environmental concerns once and for all."

Professor Modimowabarwa Kanyane, Centre for Institutional Governance and Service Delivery, HSRC, South Africa

About the Editors

Godwell Nhamo

Professor Godwell Nhamo (editor and book project leader) is a Chief Researcher and Chair for the Exxaro Chair in Business and Climate Change hosted by the Institute for Corporate Citizenship (ICC) at the University of South Africa (UNISA). 

Caiphas Chekwoti

Caiphas Chekwoti (PhD) is a Trade Policy Expert/Economist with a bias toward quantitative analysis. He manages the Academic Department at trapca.

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