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Small grant recipients

The LDPI has launched a global small grants programme to produce solid evidence and detailed, field-based research. PLAAS is coordinating the LDPI small grants programme in Africa.

2012 Awards

Out of the 48 grants awarded, the Future Agricultures Consortium has supported 21 small grants for research across 15 countries in Africa. The awardees for Africa, in no particular order, are as follows:

  • Jessica Chu, SOAS: Foreign investments in agriculture in Zambia: Evaluating potential and the new social products of large-scale farmland acquisitions
  • Muriel Cote, University of Edinburgh: What's in a right? A case of land governance at the intersection of neoliberalisation and decentralisation in the gold mining sector of Burkina Faso
  • Ana Sofia Ganho, University of Manchester: "Friendship" rice? A Chinese rice plantation in Mozambique
  • Justa Mayra Hopma, University of Oxford: Jordanian food security and agricultural investments overseas, particularly in Sudan
  • Chris Huggins, Carleton University, Ottawa: Consolidating land, consolidating power: What future for smallholder farming in Rwanda’s ‘Green Revolution’?
  • Alice Kelly, Berkeley University: Enclosure of park lands: the case of Waza National Park, northern Cameroon
  • Jean Lee, University of Vermont: Political dynamics in carbon credit projects and land use change: the case of Western Kenya Smallholder Agricultural Carbon Project (WKSCAP)
  • Adelaide Lusambili: Alienated from our land: capital, modern technology and dispossession in Western Kenya
  • Eric Kushinga Makombe, University of the Witwatersrand: Subaltern voices and corporate/state land grab in the Save Valley, Zimbabwe
  • Scott Matter, Rutgers University: Fair dealing or compromise under duress? Conceding land for carbon forestry in exchange for tenure security in Kenya's Mau Forest
  • Jessica Milgroom, Wageningen University: Policy, participation and micro-struggles for sovereignty amidst large elephants in Mozambique
  • Tsegaye Moreda, ISS, Erasmus University, Rotterdam: Differentiated impacts of land grabbing on local communities in Benishangul-Gumuz region
  • Rachel Nalepa, Boston University:Linking land grabbing and land use change: a multi-scalar characterization of marginal lands for biofuels in Ethiopia
  • Ben Neimark, Madagascar: The land of our ancestors: property rights, social resistance, and alternatives to land grabbing in Madagascar
  • Christine Noe, University of Dar es Salaam: Land deals without land owners: minerals and wildlife in Mbarabg’andu community wildlife area, Tanzania
  • Kerstin Nolte, University of Goettingen: Three Investment Cases in the Office du Niger Region in Mali: Insights into the Process of land-related Investments with a Focus on the Involvement of the Local Population
  • Paulette Nonfodji, University of Amsterdam: Small Farm Holders’ Response to the Global Land Rush in Benin: Linkages of international solidarity between civil society organizations
  • Hanson Nyuntakyi-Frimpong, University of Western Ontario: Social Resistance to ‘Land Grabbing’ in Northern Ghana: A Class Dynamics and Gendered Analyses
  • Wondwosen Michago Seidi: The Land Deals in Ethiopia: The Changing Political Economy and Ecology Case Study: The Gambella Regional States
  • Hussein Sulieman, University of Gadarif: Land Grabbing along Livestock Migration Routes in Gadarif State, Sudan: Impacts on Pastoralism and the Environment
  • Susanne Johanna Väth, Philipps-University of Marburg: Gaining neighbours or disruptive factors - what happened when large-scale landbased investment in the Ghanaian oil palm sector met the local population on the ground?

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2011 Awards

In 2011, LDPI awarded 20 small grants to early career scholars to document land deals centred on food, biofuels, minerals, forestry and conservation that are unfolding in 14 different African countries. These small grants have been supported by the land theme of the Future Agricultures Consortium. The 20 grantees for Africa are as follows (in no particular order):

  • Maura Andrew (Mozambique and Sierra Leone) - Rhodes University: Land deals associated with large scale commercial biofuel in Africa: The nature and dynamics of the deals and potential impacts on local communities
  • Claire Bedelian (Kenya) - University College, London: Conservancy land leases adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve: What impacts on Maasai pastoral livelihoods?
  • Lila Buckley (Senegal) - University of Oxford: The rice farmer and the sesame king: A case study of Chinese agribusiness in Senegal
  • Gavin Capps (South Africa) - University of Cape Town: Differentiation, dispossession and struggle: The case of the BaFokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine, North West Province, South Africa
  • Michael Chasukwa (Malawi) - Chancellor College, University of Malawi: Dispossessing the peasant: An investigation of the political economy of global land grabs in Malawi post 1993 and their policy implications on food security
  • Lauren Coyle (Ghana) - University of Chicago: Community rights and the ambivalence of authority: Timber, gold and the violent fashioning of the artisan in Ghana
  • David Deng (Sudan) - New York University: An examination of community consultations in large-scale land acquisitions in southern Sudan
  • Kathleen Guillozet (Ethiopia) - Oregon State University: Struggles over forest access and the re-emerging trend of foreign investment in Ethiopia’s natural forests: a case study of a forest enterprise in West Arsi, Oromia
  • Mazibuko Jara (South Africa) - PLAAS, University of the Western Cape: The policy economy dynamics, food regime impacts and policy implications of large-scale Eastern Cape land transactions
  • Ngeta Kabiri (Tanzania) - University of North Carolina: Wildlife conservation and land acquisitions: a case study of the Tanzania Land Conservation Trust
  • Hygin Faust Kakai (Benin) - Université d’Abomey-Calavi: Research on political dimensions of large-scale land transactions in Benin
  • Martin Keulertz (Sudan) - King’s College, London: The drivers and actors in large-scale farmland acquisitions in Sudan
  • Tom Lavers (Ethiopia) - University of Bath: The role of foreign investment in Ethiopia’s smallholder-based agricultural development strategy
  • Christopher Mahonge (Tanzania) - Wageningen University / Sokoine University of Agriculture: Transformation of traditional formal and informal land governance systems and local coping strategies in light of land deals transactions
  • Patience Mutopo (Zimbabwe) - University of Cologne: Gendered dimensions of land and rural livelihoods: The case of new settler farmer displacement at Nuanetsi Ranch, Mwenezi District, Zimbabwe
  • Maanda Ngoitiko and Benjamin Gardner (Tanzania) - Kenyatta University / University of Washington: Community-based tourism in Tanzania: Dispossession or empowerment?
  • Phil Rene Oyono (Cameroon) - consultant / Living Earth Cameroon: Transnational agrarian capitalism and the emergence of local agrarian elites in the coastal region of Cameroon; Keys to understanding, issues and lessons for theory
  • Caroline Seagle (Madagascar) - Vrije University: Contesting and legitimizing land claims in Southeast Madagascar: A multinational mining company, conservationists, state officials and ‘local’ communities
  • Leah Temper (Kenya) - University of California, Berkeley: ‘Land grabbing’ and livelihoods in the Tana Delta, Kenya
  • William Tsuma (Ghana) - University of Bonn: The politics of land compensation negotiations in Tarkwa’s gold mining sector of Western Ghana