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The Gender and equity implications of land-related investments on land access and labour and income-generating opportunities

A case study of selected agricultural Investments in LAO PDR





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    In recent years, Zambia has witnessed increased interest from private investors in acquiring land for agriculture. As elsewhere, large-scale land acquisitions are often accompanied with promises of capital investments to build infrastructure, bring new technologies and know-how, create employment, and improve market access, among other benefits. But agricultural investments create risks as well as opportunities, for instance in relation to loss of land for family farmers. While much deba te on ‘land grabbing’ has discussed risks and opportunities in an aggregate way, it is critical to understand the distribution of the costs and benefits created by an investment project. For example agricultural investments create gendered outcomes that are poorly understood. Gender inequalities in Zambia, as seen across much of Sub-Saharan Africa, shape access to land, agricultural assets, inputs, services and rural employment opportunities. These gender inequalities are partially res ponsible for the underperformance of the agricultural sector. Investments in the agriculture sector must therefore account for and challenge these inequalities if they are to deliver their stated benefits.
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    The Gender and Equity Implications of Land-Related Investments on Land Access, Labour and Income-Generating Opportunities in Northern Ghana
    The Case Study of Integrated Tamale Fruit Company
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    In recent years, Ghana has witnessed increased interest from private companies in developing agricultural investments. This trend is common to many lower/middle income countries. It has translated in a surge in large-scale land acquisitions in many lower/middle income countries, including Ghana, but also in agribusiness ventures that source produce from local farmers. While much debate on agricultural investments has discussed risks and opportunities for host governments and local comm unities in an aggregate way, it is critical to understand the distribution of the costs and benefits created by an investment project on different groups of the rural population. This report investigates the gender-differentiated implications of agricultural investments in Ghana and at the policies and practices that shape outcomes for women and men. The report draws on a review of the literature on agricultural investments in Ghana and analysis of the relevant policy frameworks, on the one hand; and on fieldwork conducted in late 2011 and early 2012 to investigate the case of the Integrated Tamale Food Company (ITFC), on the other.
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