Autors de l'ICTA

Projectes relationats

Últims articles publicats

2014 Let’s play transformations! Performative methods for sustainability[disponible en anglès]

2014 The oil palm boom: socio-economic implications for Q’eqchi’ households in the Polochic valley, Guatemala[disponible en anglès]

2014 Integrating energy and land-use planning: socio-metabolic profiles along the rural–urban continuum in Catalonia (Spain)[disponible en anglès]

2014 Social metabolism and environmental conflicts in India[disponible en anglès]

Large-scale land deals from the inside out: findings from Kenya's Tana Delta

2012, JOURNAL OF PEASANT STUDIES - número/volum 3-4/39 - ISSN: 0306-6150 - Pàgines 1039-1075 - DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2012.686491

Autors de l'ICTA:
Esteve Corbera Elizalde

Tots els autors:
Rebecca Smalley & Esteve Corbera

Abstract
Although there is alarm over the global land rush, many plans for the large-scale transformation of land acquired by investors remain on the drawing board. Based on a study of two land deals in Kenya's Tana Delta, this paper considers the processes by which blueprint designs are amended or delayed through the involvement of local actors. It demonstrates that even top-down acquisition of land by powerful state-linked actors with the support of policy discourse can be stalled by the rural poor, particularly if the latter have strong customary claims and links to wider opposition. At the same time, large-scale land acquisition is not automatically opposed by local people, who may see land deals as an opportunity to safeguard access to resources and to support their development expectations. The paper also suggests that although consultation and the existence of recognised property rights appear to result in fairer project designs, land deals are likely to reflect the decision-making power of an elite that is not fully informed. The conclusion affirms the need for more nuanced, place-based analyses of large-scale land deals, taking into account tenure arrangements, resource access mechanisms, land management discourses and the role of cross-scale agency and alliances in building support for, or opposition to, such deals.

© 2008 ICTA - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - Tots els drets reservats