International and regional guidelines on land governance and land-based investments: An agenda for African states

Future Agricultures | 3 December 2014

by Emmanuel Sulle and Ruth Hall

Villagers in Nkhotakota District, Malawi express their anger at their Chief’s attempts to force them to grow sugarcane to supply a South African sugar company. (Photo: Joy Lyner/PLAAS) 
Global and regional guidelines have been developed in the period 2009–2014 to improve land governance in the context of large-scale land acquisitions in developing countries. These provide an opportunity for affected countries to make necessary reforms to mitigate negative impacts of such acquisitions. They also challenge governments, private companies and rural communities to know their rights and responsibilities and to act on them.
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