Large-Scale Land Acquisition in Ghana

Large-Scale Land Acquisition in Ghana

This book examines a large-scale land acquisition project for rice production in Ghana’s Volta Region, which has been purported by some to be a social and ecological showcase of a company entering a "community–private partnership" with affected communities. Celebrated by national and international media, the project has received substantial amounts of funding from various donor organisations and claims to empower women through its much-lauded outgrower project. Although discourses of "development", "sustainability" and "women’s empowerment" are used by the investment company, the state and the customary authorities to legitimise the large-scale land acquisition, this book highlights how the deal benefits mainly the powerful elite, including elite women, and generally increases the depreciation of those already most marginalised, such as poor female-headed households and settler communities that were dependent on resources from the commons now enclosed and transformed into a rice farm. The author adopts a New Institutionalist perspective in social anthropology in order to analyse how this land acquisition has been implemented in a plural institutional context and how different actors use different rules and regulations and associated legitimating discourses to increase their bargaining power and to pursue their own interests in a changing legal context. In addition, this perspective shows how benefits and losses are distributed along different intersecting axes of power, such as class, gender, clan membership and age. By focusing on power, gender and legitimisation strategies in the context of institutional change caused by the large-scale land acquisition, this book fills a gap in the literature on large-scale land acquisitions while contributing to the development of a theoretical perspective on institutional change, power relations and ideological legitimisation. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of land and resource grabbing, agricultural development and agribusiness, land management and development studies more broadly.

GET EBOOK

Author
Publisher Routledge
Release Date
ISBN 1000581144
Pages 142 pages
Rating 4/5 (40 users)

More Books:

Large-Scale Land Acquisition in Ghana
Language: en
Pages: 142
Authors: Kristina Lanz
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-04-28 - Publisher: Routledge

This book examines a large-scale land acquisition project for rice production in Ghana’s Volta Region, which has been purported by some to be a social and eco
Contemporary processes of largescale land acquisition by investors: Case studies from sub-Saharan Africa
Language: en
Pages: 46
Authors: Laura German
Categories: Electronic book
Type: BOOK - Published: - Publisher: CIFOR

Rapid growth of emerging economies, emerging interest in biofuels as an alternative to fossil fuels and recent volatility in commodity prices have led to a mark
Factors Influencing the Effects of Large-Scale Land Acquisition on the Livelihood of Smallholder Farmers in the Pru District of Ghana
Language: en
Pages: 19
Authors: Ronald Osei Mensah
Categories:
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020 - Publisher:

This study is undertaken to find out the factors influencing the effects of large-scale land acquisition on the livelihood of smallholder farmers in the Pru dis
Factors Influencing the Effects of Large Scale Acquisition on the Livelihood of Smallholder Farmers in the Pru District of Ghana
Language: en
Pages: 19
Authors: Agyemang Frimpong
Categories:
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020 - Publisher:

This study is undertaken to find out the factors influencing the effects of large-scale land acquisition on the livelihood of smallholder farmers in the Pru dis
Institutional change, gender and power relations
Language: de
Pages:
Authors: Kristina Lanz
Categories:
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018 - Publisher:

Agricultural Commercialization, Land Expansion, and Homegrown Large-Scale Farmers
Language: en
Pages: 52
Authors: Antony Chapoto
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-09-03 - Publisher: Intl Food Policy Res Inst

The past decade has seen several African countries increasing their agricultural growth, a trend largely underpinned by increases in land area cultivated instea
Grazingfields and Fishponds on the Ricefarm
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Eva Schober
Categories:
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018 - Publisher:

Land Tenure System and Land for Farming in Ghana
Language: en
Pages: 88
Authors: Akwasi Mensah-Bonsu
Categories: Agriculture
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008 - Publisher:

Tradition, Culture and Development in Africa
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Ambe J Njoh
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-12-05 - Publisher: Routledge

The fact that Africa continues to lag behind all regions of the world on every indicator of development is hardly contentious. However, there is fierce debate o