Handbook of Research on In-Country Determinants and Implications of Foreign Land Acquisitions

Handbook of Research on In-Country Determinants and Implications of Foreign Land Acquisitions

Evans Osabuohien (Covenant University, Nigeria & German Development Institute, Germany)
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Release Date: December, 2014|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 495|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7405-9
ISBN13: 9781466674059|ISBN10: 1466674059|EISBN13: 9781466674066
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Several studies have investigated the impetus and implications behind large-scale land acquisitions/deals at the global level; however, intranational factors within communities and societies have not received much attention from researchers.

The Handbook of Research on In-Country Determinants and Implications of Foreign Land Acquisitions examines the economic, sociological, and environmental issues surrounding land transactions and the impact these deals may have on local households and communities. Focusing on international issues as well as domestic concerns, this publication is a useful reference for policymakers, academics, researchers, and advanced-level students in various disciplines.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Agricultural Production and Export
  • Colonial Heritage
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Food Security
  • Land Conflicts
  • Land Reforms
  • Legal Frameworks of Land Acquisitions

Reviews and Testimonials

Recommended for those in need of an overview of the issues underlying the debate on foreign land deals in Sub Saharan Africa. [...] Provides a well -organised collection of papers on the main economic, social and ethical issues arising from the expansion of foreign land deals from perspective of mainly Sub Saharan researchers who are the most concerned and perhaps most well-informed. Both the qualitative and quantitative analysis takes a broad view of the challenges and opportunities these provide and reflect the complexity of the issue and the need to nuance the conclusions.

– Ms. Linda Fulponi, Senior Economist, OECD, Ret.

Osabuohien focuses on the implications of large-scale land deals/acquisitions at the global level and within-countries and considers recent patterns of investment which reveal that a greater proportion of global land deals occur in countries that have both available land and weak institutions. Citing the need for further investigation, he and his contributors examine the impact on local communities and the economic, sociological, and environmental issues surrounding these land transactions. Twenty-one chapters are divided into five sections: overview, historical issues, and the general state of affairs; land acquisitions and the gender nexus; country and inter-country variations of land acquisitions; households and community implications of land acquisitions; land reforms, legal framework, and agricultural transformation.

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In a research arena often dominated by scholars from the global North, this book provides a welcome set of developing perspectives on key issues concerning large-scale land acquisitions.

– Dr. Lorenzo Cotula, Principal Researcher, Law and Sustainable Development, International Institute for Environment and Development, London UK

...Rich in every regard: 21 chapters, covering seven African countries and India, shedding light on various facets of the phenomenon, including ethical and normative questions, gender, determinants and implications, land governance, the role of customary authorities, and land reforms and applying a variety of methods.

This approach recognizes the complexity of a phenomenon that demands context-sensitive research. The chapters compare land acquisitions across countries, on the national level, specifically look into the effects on communities and households, and study individual deals – including foreign and domestic ones – appraising a lot of primary data. One of the central findings is that implications are felt on the local, national, and regional level, and that impacts vary within and across countries. The outlook is rather bleak: the hope of win-win investments is dashed and authors call national governments to take responsibility.

– Dr. Kerstin Nolte, Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of African Affairs, Hamburg Germany

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Evans Osabuohien has a PhD (Economics) and started teaching and researching at Covenant University, Nigeria, in 2004. He is currently a Research Fellow at German Development Institute, Bonn, with a Fellowship from The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH). He has held the same Fellowship (AvH) at German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg (January-September, 2013). His other internationally recognized awards include: Swedish Institute’s Guest Doctoral Fellowship where he was a guest PhD Candidate at Lund University, Sweden (2009/2010); Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa’s (CODESRIA) grant for PhD Thesis (2009); First Prize for FLACSO-WTO Chair Award (2012). He has executed funded research projects for international organizations like: The Centre for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR); African Economic Research Consortium (AERC); Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS); Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (TRAPCA); among others. His research interest entails Institutional, International, and Development Economics where he has published over 50 scholarly articles and made presentations in international conferences/workshops on five continents. He reviews for many international journals, including World Development; African Development Review; South African Journal of Economics; Journal of Environmental Policy and planning; Journal of Environmental Planning and Management; The Developing Economies; The Journal of Developing Areas; and Journal of Sustainable Development. He is also on the Editorial Board of many journal outlets: Current Research Journal of Economic Theory; Asian Economic and Social Society; Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism; and SAGE Publications. He is a member of these learned associations: Nigerian Economic Society; Royal Economic Society; Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP); Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics; African Growth and Development Policy Modeling Consortium (AGRODEP); AERC Network; CODESRIA; UNCTAD Virtual Institute; and Association of African Young Economists (AAYE).