Governing the land rush in Africa

The Broker | 20 March 2014

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 Disentangling power structures behind farmland investments

by George C. Schoneveld
George C. Schoneveld is a Scientist within the Forests and Governance Programme at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), based in Nairobi, Kenya.

The rush for African farmland has created new opportunities for political and customary institutions to extract rents from hitherto poorly monetized land resources. This has facilitated the formation of new alliances shaped around global capital. They in turn undermine social accountability and the potential for much-needed agricultural investments to contribute to rural poverty alleviation….
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