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EAFF - Publication on Land Grab in Kenya - Implications for Small-holder Farmers

The recent phenomenon of ‘land grabbing’ – acquisition of large tracts of land by wealth, food-insecure and private investors from mostly poor, developing countries has resulted in loss of land and natural resources for farmers in poor developing countries.

The East African Federation of Farmers (EAFF), concerned about the implications of land grab on food security and the livelihoods of small holder farmers in Kenya, commissioned a study to provide information on the extent of the land grab in Kenya.

This study looks at the key players and their motivation, responses to the land grabbing and implications on small scale agriculture in Kenya. The study also highlights possible business models that can be utilized for effective engagement between farmer organisations and land grabbers, as well as suggest policy recommendations on the issue. The study took place over a period of three weeks from July 29th – 19th August 2010 and involved field research and interviews in a selected area, which in this case was the Tana river Delta, and detailed desk research on the issue. The consultant selected the Tana river delta for field research due to the high number of large scale agricultural investments that are targeted in the area.

Author: Pauline Makutsa
Document type: Case and country studies
Thematic Areas: Markets and Value chains, Natural resources
Region: East Africa
Countries: Kenya
Year of Publication: 2010