African Agriculture: Land Reform or Land Grab?
Lorenzo Cotula, Research Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development
Professor Michael Lipton, University of Sussex and author, Land Reform in Developing Countries: Property Rights and Property Wrongs
Chair: Andrew Dorward, Professor of Development Economics, SOAS
After decades of neglect and declining support from both national governments and donors, African agriculture is attracting growing attention. But who will benefit from this increasing investment and political interest? Rules and institutions governing the distribution and security of land ownership will be one of the crucial factors determining whether this revival of interest in agriculture leads to broadly based long-term growth and poverty reduction - or whether the benefits accrue mainly to a new group of large-scale (and therefore less employment-generating) landowners, both domestic and foreign. Land reform is on the agenda in many African countries, but so is land grab.
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