Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa: Foreign direct investment and food and water security

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According to estimates by the International Land Coalition based at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), 70 million hectares of land have been leased to foreign investors since 2007. Current research has focused on human rights issues related to inward investment in land but has been ignorant of water resource issues and the challenges of managing scarce water. This handbook will be the first to address inward investment in land and its impact on water ...

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According to estimates by the International Land Coalition based at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), 70 million hectares of land have been leased to foreign investors since 2007. Current research has focused on human rights issues related to inward investment in land but has been ignorant of water resource issues and the challenges of managing scarce water. This handbook will be the first to address inward investment in land and its impact on water resources in Africa.

The geographical scope of this book will be the African continent, where land has attracted the attention of risk-taking investors because much land is under-utilised marginalized land, with associated water resources and rapidly growing domestic food markets. The successful implementation of investment strategies in African agriculture could determine the future of more than one billion people. An important factor to note is that sub-Saharan Africa will, of all the continents, be hit hardest by climate change, population growth and food insecurity. Sensible investment in agriculture is therefore needed, however, at what costs and at whose expense?

The book will also address the livelihoods theme and provide a holistic analysis of land and water grabbing in sub-Saharan Africa. Four other themes will addressed: politics, economics, the environment and the history of land investments in sub-Saharan Africa.

The editors have involved a highly diverse group of expert researchers, who will review the pro- and anti-investment arguments, geopolitics, the role of capitalist investors, the environmental contexts and the political implications of, and reasons for, leasing millions of hectares in sub-Saharan Africa. To date, there has been no attempt to review land investments through a suite of different lenses, thus this handbook will differ significantly from existing research and publication.

The editors are Tony Allan, (Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, School of Oriental and African Studies and King’s College London); Jeroen Warner (Assistant Professor, Disaster Studies, University of Wageningen); Suvi Sojamo (PhD Researcher, Water and Development Research Group, Aalto University); and Martin Keulertz (PhD Researcher, Department of Geography, London Water Group, King’s College London).

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Foreword by Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food 1. Introduction Tony Allan Part I History of land and water grabs 2. Sudan and its Agricultural Revival: finally a regional breadbasket or yet another mirage in the desert? Clemens Hoffmann 3. A historical analysis of land grabs in West Africa Niels Hahn 4. Colonial Land Grabs and current developments Debby Potts 5. New, but not so new: Putting the global land rush into historical perspective Liz Alden Wily Part II Profiling investing economies 6. The Gulf’s renewed interest in African land – a cultural political-economic perspective Eckart Woertz 7. Expat investors Phillipp Baumgartner 8. India in Africa Padraig Carmody 9. China in Africa Deborah Brautigam Part III The politics of current land and water grabs 10. The geopolitical impacts of land and water grabs Jeroen Warner 11. The ABCD in global food trade and the global economy of food trade as drivers for land grabs Suvi Sojamo 12. Sudan’s agricultural enigma: the politics of land grabs in Sudan Harry Verhoeven 13. Land grabs and the green economy Martin Keulertz 14. Water and energy nexus Nathanial Matthews and Alan Nico 15. Governance of land investments Julia Ismar 16. Local land grabs Thea Hilhorst Part IV The economics behind land grabs 17. Introducing a virtual water regulatory framework for land and water grabs in Africa Nico Grove 18. The management concepts behind land grabs Phil Riddell 19. Financial Sector interest in land Mark Campanale 20. Greedy grabbing: how land grabs put water resources at risk David Zetland and Jennifer Moeller-Gulland 21. Peak-oil theory and the rush for land Fabian Kesicki Part V Environment 22. Learning from Australia’s blue water mismanagement – lessons for Nile politics Brian Chatterton 23. Water Grabbing along the Nile Ana Cascao and Anders Jagerskog 24. Water development and opportunity costs in Africa Michael Gilmont and Marta Antonelli 25. Green Water in Africa Holger Hoff and Dieter Gerten 26. Modelling water use by large-scale agricultural investments in the Nile, Lompopo and Niger basin Mark Mulligan 27. The energy footprint of land investment Rabi Mohtar Part VI Livelihoods 28. Resistance to land acquisitions in Tanzania Elisa Greco 29. Land rights and the rush for food Anseuw Ward, Liz Alden-Wily, Lorenzo Cotula and Mike Taylor 30. Land grabs in Morocco – the Spanish quest for Africa Nora van Cauwenbergh 31. Human rights and land grabs David Deng Gender Emma van der Haar 32. Zambian livelihoods Jessica Chu 33. Problems with land tenure from a Chinese perspective Yongjun Zhao and Xiu Xiuli 34. Land rights in Madagascar Alex Bolding

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