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Making Land Acquisitions Responsible through Soft Law: The Limitations and Potentials of the Responsible Agricultural Investment Initiative

Djane, Sophia LU (2012) STVK12 20121
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Land acquisitions have increased significantly over the last decade and claims have been made that these actions are both neo-colonial and wrong. Others claim that there are benefits to be gained for all parties, directly and indirectly involved. When land is being sold or leased from poor farmers to rich corporations what are the potentials and what are the limitations? Are livelihoods, displacement and food insecurity, new employment opportunities, increased revenue and FDI, and transfer of technology reality in the same process? This thesis discusses land acquisitions as a phenomenon and puts forward the controversial debate that has arisen. It pays particular attention to one of the responses and proposals made in order to make land... (More)
Land acquisitions have increased significantly over the last decade and claims have been made that these actions are both neo-colonial and wrong. Others claim that there are benefits to be gained for all parties, directly and indirectly involved. When land is being sold or leased from poor farmers to rich corporations what are the potentials and what are the limitations? Are livelihoods, displacement and food insecurity, new employment opportunities, increased revenue and FDI, and transfer of technology reality in the same process? This thesis discusses land acquisitions as a phenomenon and puts forward the controversial debate that has arisen. It pays particular attention to one of the responses and proposals made in order to make land acquisitions responsible, namely the Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI). This initiative is examined from a soft law perspective in order to evaluate the probability of RAI serving its purpose. The conceptual framework used is a combined framework which incorporates two dimensions to be able to examine RAI in its form, whether RAI as a concept of soft law possess leverage, but also in its content, whether the principles of RAI are relevant.
This thesis is conducted mainly based on secondary material aside from the RAI initiative which serves as the primary material. (Less)
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Djane, Sophia LU
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STVK12 20121
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
land acquisitions/land grabs, Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI), soft law, food security, land rights, livelihoods
language
English
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2544532
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2012-06-28 10:12:21
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  abstract     = {Land acquisitions have increased significantly over the last decade and claims have been made that these actions are both neo-colonial and wrong. Others claim that there are benefits to be gained for all parties, directly and indirectly involved. When land is being sold or leased from poor farmers to rich corporations what are the potentials and what are the limitations? Are livelihoods, displacement and food insecurity, new employment opportunities, increased revenue and FDI, and transfer of technology reality in the same process? This thesis discusses land acquisitions as a phenomenon and puts forward the controversial debate that has arisen. It pays particular attention to one of the responses and proposals made in order to make land acquisitions responsible, namely the Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI). This initiative is examined from a soft law perspective in order to evaluate the probability of RAI serving its purpose. The conceptual framework used is a combined framework which incorporates two dimensions to be able to examine RAI in its form, whether RAI as a concept of soft law possess leverage, but also in its content, whether the principles of RAI are relevant. 
This thesis is conducted mainly based on secondary material aside from the RAI initiative which serves as the primary material.},
  author       = {Djane, Sophia},
  keyword      = {land acquisitions/land grabs,Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI),soft law,food security,land rights,livelihoods},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Making Land Acquisitions Responsible through Soft Law: The Limitations and Potentials of the Responsible Agricultural Investment Initiative},
  year         = {2012},
}