International project on understanding impact of large-scale land acquisitions launched

Posted on March 17, 2015

The one million Euro AFGROLAND project was launched this week at a project team workshop. This ambitious project (African Food, Agriculture, Land and Natural Resource Dynamics), in the context of global agro-food-energy system changes was awarded through a competitive international bidding process and is funded through the Belmont Forum. The project seeks to analyse how globally driven agro-food-energy system changes impact on African agriculture and food security.

The transdisciplinary and inter-institutional project involves researchers from UP’s Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-being (IFNuW) and the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development together with colleagues from CIRAD (France) and the University of Bern’s Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) in Switzerland. The project will investigate the economic, social and environmental impacts of changes in land use patterns driven by global development trends through case studies in Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique.

Project leader, Dr Ward Anseeuw, explains that the innovative project capitalises on the Belmont Forum model of pooling national research funds across countries to enable a significant investment in policy and social science research. Each country team is funded by their respective national research system (for South Africa funding comes from the National Research Foundation).

The project hopes to provide much-needed insight into agrarian and food system changes to inform global policy governance.

- Author Dr Ward Anseeuw

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