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Equitable and Sustainable Development of Foreign Land Acquisitions: what have we learnt on policy syndromes and implications?

Asongu, Simplice and Nguena, Christian (2014): Equitable and Sustainable Development of Foreign Land Acquisitions: what have we learnt on policy syndromes and implications?

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Abstract

Large-scale agricultural land acquisitions have been covered substantially in recent literature. Despite the wealth of theoretical and empirical studies on this subject, there is no study that has reviewed existing literature in light of concerns over sustainable and equitable management. This study fills the gap by analyzing and synthesizing available literature to put some structure on existing knowledge. The paper has a threefold contribution to the literature. First, it takes stock of what we know so far about the determinants of land grab. Second, it presents a picture of sustainable and equitable development of the foreign land acquisitions. Third, policy syndromes are examined and policy implications discussed. Based on the accounts, the issues are not about whether agricultural investments are needed, but on how they can be sustainably and equitably managed to make positive contributions to food security and domestic development.

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