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Optimization Study for Core Road Network Planning to Link Zambia

"This report presents an assessment of the importance of different road sections and corridors (“projects”) prioritized based on transportation efficiency, accessibility and socio-economic characteristics. The Zambian road network is undergoing sign…

A Delicate Balance: Land Use, Minority Rights and Social Stability in the Horn of Africa

"The authors of the various chapters examine whether investments amount to an additional threat to the lives and livelihoods of pastoralists (the others being climate change, land degradation, conflict, invasive species and others) or if investments…

The Right to Land and Justice for Women in Africa - African Women’s Land Rights Conference

The objectives of the meeting was to share knowledge, case studies and testimonies and engage in discussion, drawing on the wide experience and empirical information on the status and new knowledge relating to Women’s Rights to Land within the conti…

Land Constraints and Agricultural Intensification in Ethiopia A Village-level Analysis of High-Potential Areas

"Highland Ethiopia is one of the most densely populated regions of Africa and has long been associated with both Malthusian disasters and Boserupian agricultural intensification. This paper explores the race between these two countervailing forces, …

Advocacy Toolkit For Small Holder Farmers in Africa

Advocacy can be defined as speaking out and demanding what one needs. Farmers need tools that can help boost agriculture in their villages. This tool must be used to facilitate the improvement of rural infrastructure such as roads and further enable…

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 dev…

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-sc…

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 proposals …

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 una…

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’ rela…

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 rura…

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 agricul…

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 implementatio…

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 biod…

What does “Agriculture” mean today? Assessing old Questions with new Evidence.

Defining the possibilities and limits for the diffusion of relevant technologies, is one of the essential reasons why agriculture’s diversity is so important to understand. Some crops, like wheat, grow only in temperate areas, therefore relevant adv…

Climate Change and Resilience

This paper mainly discusses several climate change threats as well as efforts in mitigation and adaptation. The authors demonstrates the rises in temperatures and erratic, more intense rainfall patterns with graphs in the first part of the document.…

Promoting job-rich urbanisation in Zambia

"Despite the country’s robust economic growth, evidence shows that its urban labor markets are not creating enough of the kinds of jobs that will propel inclusive growth and maximize Zambia’s “demographic dividend.” Real wages declined between 2012 …

Space, Soil and Status: Insight from the APRM Into the Governance of Land in Africa

"Land is central to Africa’s fortunes, and thus has occupied a prominent place in the inquiries of Africa’s home-grown governance review system, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). This paper interrogates what the APRM’s reports from 10 partic…

State and Land Legislation in Botswana

"This paper is structured as follows: The first section describes the terrain and context. This is followed by a section on the legal evolution of Botswana with the intention of tying it up with a premise of continuity between the colonial and post-…

Pour que les Bashali Fument le Calumet de la Paix Rapport de Recherche Action Participative sur les Conflits Inter-Paysans en Chefferie des Bashali (Masisi RDC) / In the Interest of Peace for the Bashali - Participatory Research Report on Inter Peasant Co

This report provides an in-depth analysis of land conflict in the Chieftaincy of the Bashali. The second part of the report, following the description of the methodology of the Participatory Action Research (PAR), describes the contextual factors t…

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