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LDPI Working Paper 56
by Godfrey Eliseus Massay, Telemu Kassile in 2014

Beginning in the mid-1970s through to the 1980s, Tanzania experienced a severe socio-economic crisis. In an attempt to turn things around the abating economy and accelerate economic growth, the government embarked on a broad range of radical policy, legislation, and institution reforms, which...

LDPI Working Paper 51
by Alberto Alonso-Fradejas in 2013

Changing land access and control relations due to sugarcane and oil palm agribusinesses land grabbing since the mid-2000s are a vector and an expression of a distinct and dominant extractivist accumulation and governmental project in Guatemala. State and social forces pushing for this project...

LDPI Working Paper 50
by Rob Cramb in 2013

The rapid expansion of oil palm cultivation in Sarawak, Malaysia, over the past 30 years has entailed a radical transformation of the agricultural economy from one based almost entirely on semicommercial smallholdings to one dominated by large-scale, private estates. This paper contends that the...

LDPI Working Paper 49
by Miranda Morgan in 2013

In Indonesia large-scale land acquisitions, fuelled in particular by the desire for developing oil palm plantations, are leading to dispossession, particularly for vulnerable populations. But this is not without contention; as oil palm plantations have spread, so have instances of land-related...

LDPI Working Paper 48
by Iván Sandoval Cervantes in 2013

This paper explores the ways in which transantional capital is reshaping land politics in the Zapotec Indigenous community of Zegache, Oaxaca. Oaxaca is a predominantly rural state in southern Mexico, characterised by land conflicts and a high rate of migration. Zegache, in the Zimatlán Valley,...