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Journal Articles & Books
December 2017
Sub-Saharan Africa

The impacts of large-scale agricultural investments on rural communities’ land ownership, food security, productivity, income, and access to education and health differ within and between communities depending on business and government influence.

Peer-reviewed publication
December 2017

Processes of globalization have generated new opportunities for smallholders to participate in profitable global agro-commodity markets. This participation however is increasingly being shaped by differentiated capabilities to comply with emerging public and private quality and safety standards.

Policy Papers & Briefs
September 2017
Sub-Saharan Africa

In fishing communities the contentious acquisition of land close to water bodies is especially relevant. Water grabbing has serious implications for basic human rights including the right to water, food, health, livelihood, and self-determination. Land grabbing is driven by the desire to control and use water and fisheries resources.

Republic of Uzbekistan: Country strategic opportunities programme
Reports & Research
March 2017

This is the first results-based country strategic opportunities programme (RB-COSOP) for the country, and covers the period 2017-2021.

The COSOP draws on national strategies and guidelines for agricultural and rural development, an analysis of three years of country programme experience, and the 2016 Social, Environmental and Climate Assessment Procedures study.

Journal Articles & Books
December 2016

In 2012, the Government of Myanmar passed the Farmland Law and the Vacant, Fallow, Virgin Land Law, with an aim to increase investment in land through the formalization of a land market.

Policy Papers & Briefs
July 2015

The Cambodian government redistributed 1.2 million hectares, some revoked from economic land concessions (ELC), to more than 710,000 smallholders as private ownerships (2013-2014). The paper outlines key steps for granting new land concessions and improving the efficiency of existing ELCs (or similar large-scale state land licences).

Policy Papers & Briefs
April 2015

Public lands accounted for 80% of the country area until a decade ago. As Cambodia emerged from three decades of civil war and internal strife, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has granted more than 10% of the country area or 50% of the cultivatable land as large scale “Economic Land Concessions” (ELCs) to private companies, mostly foreign owned, in a mostly rigged process.