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'Land grab' as development strategy? The political economy of agricultural investment in Ethiopia


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Lavers, T., 2012. 'Land grab' as development strategy? The political economy of agricultural investment in Ethiopia. Journal of Peasant Studies, 39 (1), pp. 105-132.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2011.652091

    Abstract

    This paper examines the domestic political economy of so-called 'land-grabbing' in Ethiopia, assessing the motivations of the Ethiopian government, which has strongly promoted foreign agricultural investment. The paper draws on a unique set of federal and regional databases detailing foreign and domestic investments in Ethiopia to analyse the likely role investment will play in the Ethiopian economy and the areas which have been targeted for investment. The analysis identifies increased foreign exchange earnings as the main likely contribution of investment but in doing so highlights concerns for food security in Ethiopia, as the goal of national self-sufficiency has given way to a risky trade-based food security strategy. The paper also argues that the federal government's attempts to direct investment to sparsely-populated lowlands have important implications for the ethnic self-determination that is a key tenet of Ethiopia's federal system.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsLavers, T.
    DOI10.1080/03066150.2011.652091
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Publisher StatementLavers_JPS_2012_39_1_105.pdf: This is an electronic version of an article published in Lavers, T., 2012. 'Land grab' as development strategy? The political economy of agricultural investment in Ethiopia. Journal of Peasant Studies, 39 (1), pp. 105-132. Journal of Peasant Studies is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2011.652091
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code29406

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