STREAM: Land policy transformation, accumulation and dispossession in rural and peri-urban Africa
Land in rural and peri-urban Africa has become a major contested focal point for a growing number of domestic and international players. A number of African governments are in the process of revising national land policies aimed at accommodating investment. New modalities of aid have pushed private-public partnerships established in order to promote the growing and processing of cash crops through contract and plantation farming. At the same time, cadastral activities are increasing as governments move from customary rights and local control over land to individual adjudication. Panels in this thematic stream will attempt to identify the forces underlying the dynamics of accumulation and dispossession of land and attendant processes of land policy transformation in rural and peri-urban Africa.
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