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Now published: Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa
31 August 2012
Taylor & Francis
Released earlier this month the Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa was launched at the recent Stockholm World Water Week.
This handbook, from Routledge, is the first to address inward investment in land and its impact on water resources in Africa, where the amount of under-utilised land has attracted the attention of risk-taking investors. The successful implementation of investment strategies in African agriculture could determine the future of more than one billion people at risk from climate change, population growth and food insecurity.
Edited by Tony Allan, Professor Emeritus, King's College London and SOAS; Martin Keulertz, PhD researcher at King's College London; Suvi Sojamo, PhD researcher at Aalto University and Jeroen Warner, Assistant Professor, Wageningen University – the handbook offers a holistic analysis of land and water grabbing as well as addressing several major themes including politics, economics, environment and the history of land investments.
A diverse range of essays have been assembled:
- Chinese engagement in African agriculture: fiction and fact - Deborah Bräutigam
- The political economy of land and water grabs - David Zetland and Jennifer Möller-Gulland
- Green and blue water dimensions of forign direct investment in biofuel and food production in West Africa - Fred Kizito, Timothy O. Williams, Matthew McCartney and Teklu Erkossa
- Claiming (back) the land: the geopolitics of Egyptian and South African land and water grabs -Jeroen Warner, Antoinette Sebastian and Vanessa Empinotti.