Research Report 49: Commercialisation of land in Namibia’s communal land areas: A critical look at potential irrigation projects in Kavango East and Zambezi regions

Affected community member showing an area earmarked for a large scale agricultural project, Bagani Village, Namibia.

PLAAS | 2015

by Maarit Thiem , Theodor Muduva
Large-scale land acquisitions by both foreign and local investors for agriculture, forestry and wildlife purposes, among others, remain a major challenge for African governments.

In recent years, the Namibian government through various ministries received proposals from multinational agribusiness to develop large-scale agricultural irrigation projects. However, only a few of these proposed largescale projects have materialised or have been operationalised.

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