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Settlement Size Distribution and Development in the Niger Delta Region : Policy Issues

The various sizes of spatial patterns’ settlements has considerable impact on the distribution of social and infrastructure facilities such as health, education, extension services, water and communications services. The vast proportion of the Nige…

Implications of the Global Commodity Price Slump for Zambia’s Agriculture Commentary

This Regional Economic Outlook report focuses broadly on two aspects, namely the commodity price slump as well as sustainable growth and financial development. Many key insights are offered as well as broad policy recommendations. The report makes o…

Décentralisation et Réforme Foncière au Sénégal / Decentralization and Land Reform in Senegal

This Note is organized around the assumption that the completion point of decentralization reform in Senegal must be the establishment and operation of strong sub-national institutions with subsidiary powers. It is expected that such institutions wi…

Prendre en Compte les Droits Fonciers Collectifs dans la Reforme Fonciere au Senegal / Acknowledging Collective Land Rights in the Land Reform Process in Senegal

The introduction stated : When our country becomes a vast ocean of fenced and closed land, industrial-agricultural concessions, national parks and forest reserves, we will become foreigners on the land of our ancestors. In other words, we will hav…

Natural Resource Governance in Africa No.2 Land Use

This infographic is part of a series on natural resource governance in Africa. The data in this edition no.2 is on land use. This visual representation, depicts statistical data about food security and several aspects connected to that. It commenc…

Improving the Productivity of Small Scale Cassava Farmers in Nigeria's Niger Delta through Participatory Action Research

In order to improve the productivity of small scale farmers and be successful in these endeavours, the introduction of new and modern farming techniques is essential to push for the increase both on the land and labour productivity. Modern and imp…

Taxation, Property Rights and the Social Contract in Lagos

Major taxation reforms over the past decade have been interpreted as facilitating the transformation of Lagos: once widely seen as a city in permanent crisis, it is now seen by some observers as a beacon of mega city development. Most academic atten…

Building an Effective Advocacy Movement for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development in Africa Modernisation of Smallholder Agriculture and Policy Making in Uganda

"Agriculture is the backbone of Uganda’s economy and an important driver of economic development and poverty reduction. Approximately 73% of Ugandans depend on agriculture. However, the sector currently faces many multifaceted challenges which incl…

Building an Effective Advocacy Movement for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development in Africa / Advocacy for Sustainable and Equitable Agricultural Development: The Case of Malawi

"Malawi has several Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that work within the agricultural sector. These CSOs advocate on behalf of the smallholder farmers for a more enabling environment to improve smallholder farmers’ productivity including better …

En Conférence à l’Endss : La Goana va Conduire à une Révolte Paysanne, prédit Jacques Faye / Conference at the Endss: the Goana Will Lead to a Peasant Revolt, Jacques Faye Predicts

"By taking a 1,000ha of land in each rural community, the Goana Plan may deprive the peasants. The latter statement, according to Jacques Faye, former Director of the Senegalese Agricultural Research Institute (Isra), will not be allowed. Revolt the…

L’Etat ne Peut plus Continuer à Contourner la Réforme Foncière / The State can no Longer Continue to Work Around the Land Reform

"In Senegal, only 65% of arable land are operated at the time when the country is facing a true puzzling food problem. Faced with this situation, the reform of the national domain law remains a pathway of hope if the land are not sold to agro-busine…

Land for Agricultural Development in the Era of 'Land Grabbing': A Spatial Exploration of the 'Marginal Lands' Narrative in Contemporary Ethiopia

"In response to concerns over the potential of land leases for new agricultural projects to displace rural populations and impact food security, the Ethiopian government asserts that only ‘marginal’, ‘barren’ or ‘wasteland’ is being leased to invest…

Conservation and Ecotourism on Privatised Land in the Mara Kenya: The Case of Conservancy Land Leases

"This paper investigates private sector investment in conservation and ecotourism through conservancy land leases in the Mara region of Kenya. In a recent and growing tourism development, groups of Maasai landowners are leasing their parcels of lan…

An Investigation of the Political Economy of Land Grabs in Malawi: The Case of Kasinthula Cane Growers Limited (KCGL)

"This study aims to understand the nature of land grabs in Malawi and their implications on food security. It employs a political economy theoretical framework in the quest to establish different underlying interests held by different actors and how…

AGC-PAC Field Report: Technical Intervention Assessment PAC ASM Gold Project (PPA)

"The Artisanal Gold Council (AGC) was contracted by PAC to help with their gold project in the DRC with the aim of helping create incentives for artisanal miners to produce gold responsibly and to sell it through a legal transparent supply chain ul…

Towards a National Biodiversity Conservation Framework Key Findings and Policy Recommendations

"The conservation of biological diversity is emerging as one of the gravest global challenges of the 21st Century. The rapid expansion of human population, coupled with burgeoning development and rising consumption, has caused a biodiversity cris…

"Home at last?" Land Conflicts in Burundi and the Right of Victims to Reparations

"This Policy Brief will assess whether reparations as a form of redress for historical injustice can be utilised to address the grievances of Burundian victims of land expropriation. The Policy Brief begins by describing the legacy of conflict and t…

The Security Challenges of Pastoralism in Central Africa

"Since it began in prehistoric times, pastoralism in Africa has been a story of perpetual movement by cattle and their herders, who have adapted to the region’s climatic and security constraints over thousands of years. In Central Africa, transhuman…

Côte d’Ivoire’s Great West: Key to Reconciliation

"Western Côte d’Ivoire’s land, security and identity problems make this vast border territory the country’s most unstable area. Reconciliation has yet to begin there and communal tensions remain acute. Two administrative regions are especially pro…

Nigeria’s Boko Haram: Beyond the Rhetoric

"As the world remains focused on the fate of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by members of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram from the town of Chibok, Borno State in mid-April, it is clear that this terrorist organisation is rapidly…

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