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The Great African Land Grab?

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  5 ratings  ·  2 reviews
In recent years, large-scale land acquisitions in Africa have stoked controversy, making headlines across the world.

Dubbed 'land grabs' in the media, large-scale land acquisitions have become one of the most talked about and contentious topics amongst those studying, working in or writing about Africa. Some commentators have welcomed this corporate and government action i
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Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 11th 2013 by Zed Books
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Dylan Groves
Good overview of key issues surrounding land policy in Sub-Saharan Africa. It occupies a useful middle ground between academic writing and writing for the general public. My main disappointment is that there is not enough evidence to draw strong conclusions, which is not fault of the author.

Three takeaways:

1 - Land grabbing is not new, is rarely international, and it is probably overblown. First, its been going on since colonialism. Second, an overwhelming percentage is land acquisition by loca
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Sigrid-marianella
Halfway through the book now and I love it more for each page I turn. If you decide to only read one book on the topic of land grabbing then this is it! Cotula provides a balanced view with clear well structured arguments backed by field research, and offers new insights and perspectives for how to view the land deals commonly dubbed land grabs.
A book I strongly recommend!
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