Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Wayessa, Gutu Olana
Organisation HY
Project title Large-scale Land Deals for Agricultural Investments in Ethiopia: Implications for Local Livelihoods
Decision No. 295617
Decision date 29.04.2016
Funding period 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2019
Funding 253 296
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Project description
In the course of the last decade, large-scale land deals between African governments and foreign investors has been taking place at an alarming speed and magnitude. The phenomenon has generated various questions on issues of land rights and people’s livelihoods: What are the implications for the people living on, and in the surroundings of, the lands? Are the local people included in the process, and do their opinions count in terms of affecting the land-deal decisions? Using data from interviews and household survey, the proposed study attempts to answer these questions and, thereby, address the implications of the ongoing land deals on the livelihoods of the local people in Ethiopia. The study aims to provide new insights on challenging questions of global powers and local processes as significant components of the process in framing the debate on large-scale land deals as “land grabbing” or “sustainable development.”