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Zimbabwe: At The Crossroads

Zimbabwe's 24-25 June 2000 parliamentary election resulted in President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU (PF) party retaining power. However, the nine month old opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), made an impressive showing, win...

Land Grabbing and Land Reform: Diamonds, Rubber and Forests in the New Liberia

"This report, co-published by PAC and Green Advocates in Monrovia, describes Liberia’s timber, rubber and diamond sectors. It lays out what must be done by the Liberian government and civil society, as well as the donor agencies, companies and NGO...

Labour Reform in South Africa: Measuring Regulation and a Synthesis of Policy Suggestions

"Even though the South African economy is formally categorised as an upper-middle income country, it has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. The economy’s unemployment rate stands officially at 26.7 per cent and 38.8 per cent. This...

Nigeria: Seizing the Moment in the Niger Delta

Excerpt: "The report of the government-constituted Technical Committee on the Niger Delta, submitted to Nigeria’s President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on 1 December 2008, offers an opportunity to reduce violent conflict significantly and begin longer-ter...

Report on the Review of the Remote Area Development Programme (RADP)

"This assessment of the Remote Area Development Programme (RADP)identified problems of implementation and suggested ways of solving them.It attempted to clarify the issues that bear upon the attainment of programme goals; with particular emphasis...

Trends and Drivers of Agricultural Productivity in Nigeria

"Agriculture is the economic mainstay of the majority of households in Nigeria and is a significant sector in Nigeria’s economy. The important benefits of the agricultural sector to Nigeria’s economy include: the provision of food, contribution to...

Do Limitations in Land Rights Transferability Influence Mobility Rates in Ethiopia?

"Migration is considered a pathway out of poverty for many rural households in developing countries. National policies can discourage households from exploiting external employment opportunities through the distortion of capital markets. Studies ...

Cost Implications of Agricultural Land Degradation in Ghana: An Economywide, Multimarket Model Assessment

"An economywide, multimarket model is constructed for Ghana and the effects of agricultural soil erosion on crop yields are explicitly modeled at the subnational regional level for eight main staple crops. The model is used to evaluate the aggreg...

Comprendre les Changements dans l’accès et l’Utilisation de la Terre par les Populations Rurales Pauvres en Afrique Subsaharienne : Cas du Sénégal / Understanding Changes in Access to Land and Land use by the Rural poor in Sub-Saharan Africa: the Senegale

The main aim of this research is to improve the understanding of the evolution of access to land and land use by rural populations in Sub-Saharan Africa including Senegal. The results of the research will be used to feed the design and implementat...

Estimating Land Prices and Opportunity Costs of Conservation in a Megadiversity Country

We used data on 174 land purchases to estimate two aspects of opportunity costs across Western Cape Province, South Africa; (i) that of complete loss (acquisition cost), and (ii) and partial loss of benefits of land ownership, the latter due to bi...

Foreign Investment in Land and Corporate Social Responsibility: An Investigation for Africa

"Land acquisitions, emerged about 10 years ago, are an important issue for sustainable development in many countries in the South of the world, especially in Africa, which has experienced a diffused phenomenon of large scale acquisitions of agric...

National and International Actors in the Orchestration of Large-scale Land Deals in Zimbabwe: What's in it for Smallholder Farmers?

"Little research has been done on the possible benefits of large-scale land deals for local communities. This work builds on a recent study that seeks to outline the potential benefits of land deals in terms of infrastructural, human and social d...

1) Nature and Magnitude of Land Acquisitions in Tanzania: Analyzing Role of Different Actors Key Trends and Drivers in Land Acquisitions and 2) Land Leasing for Large-Scale Agricultural Investment in Tanzania: Processes, Opportunities and Challenges

"In the past decade, Tanzania, in an effort to achieving higher economic growth and poverty reduction, has been leasing large tracts of land to foreign investors for large-scale agricultural investment. The premise behind this trend is that large-...

Commercialisation of Land in Namibia's Communal Land Areas: A Critical Look at Potential Irrigation Projects in Kavango East and Zambezi Regions

Large-scale land acquisitions by both foreign and local investors for agriculture, forestry and wildlife purposes, among others, remain a major challenge for African governments. The Namibian government through various ministries received proposal...

Large-scale Land Acquisitions in Zambia: Evidence to Inform Policy

Land in Zambia plays a vital role in sustaining livelihoods, ensuring food security and reducing poverty. If people are not able to access land (including communal interests, such as lands for grazing or access to water resources), they will be u...

Land Governance in Malawi: Lessons from Large-scale Acquisitions

"Over the past decade rural Malawians have witnessed a surge in large-scale land acquisitions for commercial agriculture that threaten their access, control and ownership of customary land. This policy brief presents cases of such ‘land grabs’ re...

Understanding Land Acquisitions in Namibia's Communal Land: Impacts and Policy Implications

The Namibian government received proposals from multinational agribusinesses to develop large-scale agricultural irrigation projects. While only a few of these proposed large-scale projects have materialised, the magnitude of their impacts on ru...

Incomplete Intermediary Coordination and its Effects on Productivity of Sugarcane in Tanzania

Underpinning the key proposition of this study is that raising productivity among cane outgrowers in Tanzania is limited by the industry’s characteristics of production and incomplete intermediary organization. While the existing intermediary orga...

L'Analyse Critique des Differentes Etudes Produites par le Gouvernement, les Acteurs non Etatiques et les Partenaires au Developpement sur le Foncier et Portant sur la Place Reservee aux Droits Collectifs Fonciers /Critical Analysis of the Various Studies

The primary purpose of these studies is mainly to document situations and realities to enable the implementation of public projects and development programs. But still, the inclusion of collective rights now become essential and a responsibility o...

Note sur la Gouvernance Fonciere a l'Aune de la Nouvelle Politique de Decentralisation et d'Amenagement du Territoire au Senegal / Note on Land Governance Against the New Policy of Decentralization and the Organization of the Senegalese Territory

The rural economy is based on the revenues from natural resources. The population of rural communities exercise customary land rights. Therefore, any reform that seeks to question this deal will be subject to disapproval from the local people as w...

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