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The effects of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLA) on households in rural communities of the Global South: gender relations, decision making and food security

What are the impacts of LSLA on the local food system and how do they affect the decision-making processes of both men and women regarding household food security ?

Project Summary

This interdisciplinary project aims to analyze the impacts of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLA) on the food system and its constitutive components – i.e. food production, food processing, food distribution and food consuming – with a special focus on gender relations and related decision-making processes concerning the food system and household food security. Taking into account gender issues, the research is grounded on strong evidence for women’s critical role in the livelihood of rural families.

Many studies across different developing countries show that, while men often control access and use of land, women tend to be in charge of subsistence-oriented food production, preparation and household food security. Therefore, the influence of LSLA on local actors’ configurations, strategies and decision-making will be assessed as well as the capacity of women and men to impact food security, especially through case studies carried out in Ghana and Peru, countries selected for their different cultural, social and economic background.

Academic Output

Working Paper

The Effects of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions (LSLA) on Households in Rural Communities of Peru – Gender relations, decision making and food security

The research at hand forms part of a larger research project entitled «The effects of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLA) on households in rural communities of the Global South: gender relations, decision making and food security».

This research project investigates the impacts of LSLA on gender relations, decision making and food security by analyzing three variables: institutions, actors and the condition of the food system (see Gerber et al.

For each case study the above mentioned variables will be analyzed at three different moments in time: (1) before the implementation of LSLA, (2) today, thus 7-8 years after the implementation of the LSLA in the case of Peru, (3) in the near future, in the form of a prediction.

Working Paper

The Effects of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions on Households in Rural Communities of the Global South

The central question of this interdisciplinary project was: How do LSLA influence local actors’ configurations (e.g. local councils, “chiefs”, farmers’ associations, NGOs, intermediaries, traders, landowning farmers, non-land-owning farmers, women), actors’ strategies and decision making about the food system, and what are the impacts on the food security (and related food sovereignty) of local women and men? We approached this main question considering that LSLA are more than a new form of land tenure; we maintained that LSLA are a partial appropriation of the food system with corresponding impacts on gender relations, governance and food security. Consequently, we expected LSLA to have impacts on (1) food production, (2) food processing, (3) food distribution and (4) food consuming, the four constitutive elements of the food system1 , all of which are highly gendered processes. This shift of focus which puts the appropriation of the food system (rather than merely land) in the center of the analysis simultaneously puts gender issues into the limelight. We examined our overall research question from the perspective of two main questions: (1) What are the impacts of LSLA on the configuration of actors who are using, maintaining and organizing the local food system and what coping/resisting strategies do these actors develop? (2) What are the impacts of the configurations of actors and their strategies on the local food system in terms of food security?

 

Research Team

Jean-David Gerber
Coordinator
University of Berne

Michèle Amacker
Co-Coordinator
University of Berne

Peter Knoepfel
Co-Coordinator
University of Lausanne

Stephan Rist
Co-Coordinator
University of Berne

Kristina Lanz
Principal Member
University of Berne

Laura Tejada
Principal Member
University of Berne

Akosua Darkwah
Associated Member
University of Ghana

 

Olivier De Schutter
Associated Member
Université catholique de Louvain

Ruth Meinzen-Dick
Associated Member
Consultive Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

Nancy Peluso
Associated Member
University of California Berkeley

Shahra Razavi
Associated Member
UN Women

Marcel Valcarcel
Associated Member
Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru

Status

completed

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Peru, Ghana

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