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Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa
Foreign direct investment and food and water security

ISBN 9781857436693
Published October 17, 2012 by Routledge
512 Pages

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Book Description

According to estimates by the International Land Coalition based at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), 57 million hectares of land have been leased to foreign investors since 2007. Current research has focused on human rights issues related to inward investment in land but has been ignorant of water resource issues and the challenges of managing scarce water. This handbook will be the first to address inward investment in land and its impact on water resources in Africa.

The geographical scope of this book will be the African continent, where land has attracted the attention of risk-taking investors because much land is under-utilised marginalized land, with associated water resources and rapidly growing domestic food markets. The successful implementation of investment strategies in African agriculture could determine the future of more than one billion people. An important factor to note is that sub-Saharan Africa will, of all the continents, be hit hardest by climate change, population growth and food insecurity. Sensible investment in agriculture is therefore needed, however, at what costs and at whose expense?

The book will also address the livelihoods theme and provide a holistic analysis of land and water grabbing in sub-Saharan Africa. Four other themes will addressed: politics, economics, the environment and the history of land investments in sub-Saharan Africa.

The editors have involved a highly diverse group of  expert researchers, who will review the pro- and anti-investment arguments, geopolitics, the role of capitalist investors, the environmental contexts and the political implications of, and reasons for, leasing millions of hectares in sub-Saharan Africa. To date, there has been no attempt to review land investments through a suite of different lenses, thus this handbook will differ significantly from existing research and publication.

The editors are Tony Allan, (Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, School of Oriental and African Studies and King’s College London); Jeroen Warner (Assistant Professor, Disaster Studies, University of Wageningen); Suvi Sojamo (PhD Researcher, Water and Development Research Group, Aalto University); and Martin Keulertz (PhD Researcher, Department of Geography, London Water Group, King’s College London).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction, Tony Allan; Part I The history of land grabs and the contradictions of development, Tony Allan, Martin Keulertz, Suvi Sojamo, Jeroen Warner; Chapter 2 Enclosure revisited, Liz Alden Wily; Chapter 3 Land alienation under colonial and white settler governments in southern Africa, Deborah Potts; Chapter 4 Sudan and its agricultural revival, Harry Verhoeven; Chapter 5 The contradictions of development, Clemens Hoffmann; Chapter 6 The experience of land grabbing in Liberia, Niels Hahn; Part II Investors' profiles and current investment trends, Tony Allan, Martin Keulertz, Suvi Sojamo, Jeroen Warner; Chapter 7 Chinese engagement in African agriculture, Deborah Bräutigam; Chapter 8 The global food crisis and the Gulf's quest for Africa's agricultural potential, Eckart Woertz; Chapter 9 A global enclosure, Pádraig Carmody; Chapter 10 Private investment in agriculture, Mark Campanale; Chapter 11 Domestic land acquisitions in West Africa, Thea Hilhorst, Joost Nelen; Chapter 12 ‘Land grabs’ and alternative modalities for agricultural investments in emerging markets, Phil Riddell; Chapter 13 Change in trend and new types of large-scale investments in Ethiopia, Philipp Baumgartner; Chapter 14 Tapping into Al-Andaluz resources, Nora Van Cauwenbergh, Samira Idllalene; Chapter 15 A blue revolution for Zambia?, Jessica M. Chu; Part III The political economy of land and water grabs, Tony Allan, Martin Keulertz, Suvi Sojamo, Jeroen Warner; Chapter 16 Claiming (back) the land, Jeroen Warner, Antoinette Sebastian, Vanessa Empinotti; Chapter 17 Land and water grabs and the green economy, Martin Keulertz; Chapter 18 The political economy of land and water grabs, David Zetland; Chapter 19 Will peak oil cause a rush for land in Africa?, Fabian Kesicki, Julia Tomei; Chapter 20 How to govern the global rush for land and water?, Julia Ismar; Chapter 21 Keep calm and carry on, Johann Custodis; Chapter 22 Constructing a new water future?, Nathanial Matthews, Alan Nicol, Wondwosen Michago Seide; Chapter 23 Inverse globalisation?, Martin Keulertz, Suvi Sojamo; Part IV Environment, Tony Allan, Martin Keulertz, Suvi Sojamo, Jeroen Warner; Chapter 24 Green and blue water dimensions of foreign direct investment in Green and blue water in Africa, Holger Hoff, Dieter Gerten, Katharina Waha; Chapter 26 Groundwater in Africa, Alan M. MacDonald, Richard G. Taylor, Helen C. Bonsor; Chapter 27 The water resource implications for and of FDI projects in Africa, Mark Mulligan; Chapter 28 Analyse to optimise, Michael Gilmont; Part V Livelihoods, Tony Allan, Martin Keulertz, Suvi Sojamo, Jeroen Warner; Chapter 29 Expectations and implications of the rush for land, Ward Anseeuw, Lorenzo Cotula, Mike Taylor; Chapter 30 China–Africa agricultural co-operation, African land tenure reform and sustainable farmland investments, Yongjun Zhao, Xiuli Xu; Chapter 31 Competing narratives of land reform in South Sudan, David K. Deng; Chapter 32 Struggles and resistance against land dispossession in Africa, Elisa Greco;

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