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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:The local impacts of large-scale land acquisitions: a review of case study evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors:Hufe, Paul
Heuermann, Daniel F.
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 1469-9397)
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subject:land acquisition
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2017.1307505
Abstract:Large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) are controversially discussed with respect to their local impacts. On the one hand, they are regarded as an opportunity for employment creation and a transfer of knowledge and technology, which enhances productivity and output in agriculture. On the other hand, they are said to impair food security and to foster land conflicts and environmental degradation. Despite the existence of numerous case studies, systematic evidence on the impact of LSLAs on local communities is not available. In this paper we review the existing literature in order to provide a summary of the characteristics of LSLAs and of the impact they have on local livelihoods. We find that while positive effects arise through employment creation and the provision of public goods and services, these benefits are offset by inadequate compensation, land conflicts, and environmental degradation. Overall, most case studies find a negative impact of LSLAs on local livelihoods.