Unintended Consequences: The Ecological Repercussions of Land Grabbing in Sub-Saharan Africa

  title={Unintended Consequences: The Ecological Repercussions of Land Grabbing in Sub-Saharan Africa},
  author={Mulubrhan Balehegn},
  journal={Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development},
  pages={21 - 4}
  • M. Balehegn
  • Published 23 February 2015
  • Economics
  • Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development
www.EnvironmEntmagazinE.org voLUmE 57 nUmBEr 2 Recently, the world has witnessed a colonial-like rush and scramble for farmlands in the global south by big multinational corporations from wealthy countries, a phenomenon that has steadily increased in its scale and intensity lately and that is labeled “land grabbing” by international media due to irregularities and corruption in the acquisition process.1 Since 2000, more than 1.7% of the global agricultural area has been of the subject of some… 
Resourcing land, dynamics of exclusion and conflict in the Maji area, Ethiopia
ABSTRACT This article highlights local to global linkages of ‘land grabbing’-related conflicts based on a case study of land investments in the Maji area, located in Ethiopia’s southernmost fringe
African Environmental Change from the Pleistocene to the Anthropocene
This review explores what past environmental change in Africa—and African people's response to it—can teach us about how to cope with life in the Anthropocene. Organized around four drivers of
Direct and indirect land-use change caused by large-scale land acquisitions in Cambodia
Large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) have received considerable scholarly attention over the last decade, and progress has been made towards quantifying their direct impacts. There is also a growing
Ecosystem Services and Disservices in an Agriculture – Forest Mosaic
The intertwined challenges of food insecurity, deforestation, and biodiversity loss remain perennial challenges in Ethiopia, despite increasing policy interventions. This thesis investigates
Economic and agricultural transformation through large-scale farming : impacts of large-scale farming on local economic development, household food security and the environment in Ethiopia
This study examined impacts of large-scale farming in Ethiopia on local economic development, household food security, incomes, employment, and the environment. The study adopted a mixed research
Risk management and decision-making in relation to sustainable development
Land is integral to human habitation and livelihoods, providing food and resources, and also serves as a source of identity and cultural meaning. However, the combined impacts of climate change,
A local to global perspective on resource governance and conflict
ABSTRACT This article serves as an introduction to the special issue ‘A Local to Global Perspective on Resource Governance and Conflict’. It advances the debate on natural resource governance and
Land-use changes by large-scale plantations and their effects on soil organic carbon, micronutrients and bulk density: empirical evidence from Ethiopia
This article examines land-use changes by large-scale plantations in Ethiopia and evaluates the impacts thereof on soil organic carbon, micronutrients and bulk density. Remote sensing analysis and
Coronavirus Quarrel: The Debate between Intellectuals in the Media and the Academy about Post-Pandemic Society
The aim of this article is to synthesize and analyze the different positions expressed and to present some similar reflections made by Portuguese-speaking authors (from Portugal and Brazil), as well as to propose an alternative evaluation based on the critique of value and the works of Marx.


Global land acquisition: neo-colonialism or development opportunity?
Increasingly, developing nations which are land rich are sanctioning the sale or transfer of user rights of large tracts of farmland for foreign investment. While this issue is of relatively recent
"Land grabbing" by foreign investors in developing countries: Risks and opportunities
"One of the lingering effects of the food price crisis of 2007–08 on the world food system is the proliferating acquisition of farmland in developing countries by other countries seeking to ensure
How not to think of land-grabbing: three critiques of large-scale investments in farmland
Large-scale investments in farmland have been criticized, chiefly, because of questions about the capacity of the countries targeted by these land deals to effectively manage these investments in
Land Grab, Food Security and Climate Change: A Vicious Circle in the Global South
The commercialization of public land in the Global South, which refers to the medium and low human development based on the United Nations development program report 2005 [1], has increased
Challenges posed by the new wave of farmland investment
Despite recent headlines about the ‘land rush’, scant empirical evidence implies that the debate is often theoretical and dominated by preconceived notions. To provide evidence that could better
Introduction to the Special Issue: Water Grabbing? Focus on the (Re)appropriation of Finite Water Resources
Recent large-scale land acquisitions for agricultural production (including biofuels), popularly known as 'land grabbing', have attracted headline attention. Water as both a target and driver of this
Globalisation and the foreignisation of space: seven processes driving the current global land grab
The current global land grab is causing radical changes in the use and ownership of land. The main process driving the land grab, or ‘foreignisation of space’, as highlighted in the media and the
The politics of evidence: methodologies for understanding the global land rush
The most recent ‘land rush’ precipitated by the convergent ‘crises’ of fuel, feed and food in 2007–2008 has heightened the debate on the consequences of land investments, with widespread media
No . 001 Towards a Broader View of the Politics of Global Land Grab : Rethinking Land Issues , Reframing Resistance
The phrase 'global land grab' has become a catch-all framework to describe and analyze the current explosion of (trans)national commercial land transactions related to the production and sale of food