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Title:Africa for sale? Positioning the state, land and society in foreign large-scale land acquisitions in Africa
Editors:Evers, SandraISNI
Seagle, CarolineISNI
Krijtenburg, FroukjeISNI
Series:Afrika-Studiecentrum series
City of publisher:Leiden
ISBN:9004252649; 9789004252646; 9004251936; 9789004251939
Geographic terms:Africa
Burkina Faso
Congo (Democratic Republic of)
South Africa
Subjects:land acquisition
government policy
foreign investments
Abstract:This collective volume examines the role of the State in transnational, foreign and domestic land acquisitions, land reforms and privatization in Africa. It shows how new landscapes are being produced through dynamic encounters between various actors involved in a land deal, and how these transformations affect smallholders reliant on land. In the first part, The reconfiguration of rural landscapes and livelihoods in the recent scramble for African land, Ben White compares historical processes of land dispossession with the current land rush, while Annelies Zoomers focuses on the contemporary era (from 2009), emphasizing the need to deepen policy debates. Michael Strauss argues that the role of bilateral relations in shaping land deals must be considered. The four chapters in part 2, The creation of fertile ground for the structuring of foreign large-scale land acquisitions: land reforms, privatization and competing jurisdictions, bring the global debates down to the local level: the Eastern Cape, South Africa (Nancy Andrew et al.), Botswana (Maria Sapignoli and Robert K. Hitchcock), Mali (Amandine Adamczewski et al.), and the Democratic Republic of Congo (Ruben de Koning). The final part, Stakeholder interactions and competing valuations of land, contains chapters on shifting patterns of land use and ownership in Burkina Faso (Lucjan Buchalik), mobility, land acquisitions and investments in Cameroon (Evelyne N. Tegomoh), conflicting white and black discourses surrounding identity, belonging and landownership in 20th-century South Africa (Gitte Postel), the role of the Nigerian government in paving the way for white Zimbabwean farmers (Akachi Odoemene), and stakeholder conceptualizations of 'land protection' relating to Mijikenda sacred land in Kenya (Froukje Krijtenburg). [ASC Leiden abstract]