Commercialisation of Land, Implications for Land Rights and Livelihoods in the SADC Region

Contract partner: PLAAS - Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian StudiesCountry: Subsahara-Afrika, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 600.000,00Project start: 01.01.2012End: 30.06.2015

Short Description:

Overall goal

In the SADC Region ADC promotes good governance. Solving the land issues is crucial in regard of democratisation and social equity, essential for sustainable economic growth and human development.

The ‘land grabbing’ phenomenon is widespread in the SADC Region. The region is one of the key receiving areas for big land deals and the source of the foreign capital being used in enterprises to extend to neighboring countries.

Through empirical, field-based and conceptual work it will investigate how such land deals are structured and facilitated and to which degree existing land policy is adequate to safeguard the interests of poor land users in the face of pressures towards commercialization.

The project purpose is to support policy makers and civil society organsiations in the SADC Region with the capacity needed to make evidence-based policy to promote good land governance and to protect people from dispossession and to enable them to shape decisions concerning the use and transaction of their land.

The expected results are

(1) the processes of some land deals - leasing, concession or sale of public or communal land to foreign companies and governments for food production, for tourism developments, for biofuel production and for other commercial agricultural uses - are analysed

(2) the impacts of land deals on land rights and livelihoods are critically assessed;

(3) the interests that shape the governance dimensions, from local to national to international levels, are analysed in order to generate policy recommendations.

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of Western Cape is the project partner. The project is a contribution to the PLAAS research programme on land and agrarian reform and underpinned by work already completed and underway.

The target groups are policy makers in the SADC and in national governments of SADC member states. Those who are to benefit in the long-term are land users in the SADC member states.

project number2512-00/2012
source of fundingOEZA
sector Andere multisektorielle Maßnahmen
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