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AYINDE Ezekiel

Senior Lecturer, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology


Effects of political economy, climate change and land grabbing on food sustainability

The purpose of this research project is to systematically document the processes of the climate change, massive transitional land grabs from a political economy perspective. This research will be guided with the following questions: what are the constructions of ‘power’ and ‘authority’ especially in the context of land rights, access and usage in African societies? What are the crucial issues of conflicts associated with biofuels development, climate change, transnational commercial deals and mechanism of land seizure in Africa? What relevant, proactive and effective strategies for cooperation towards managing these conflicts and changes in climate emerge from the key actors? What policy directions and theoretical perspectives could emerge from such strategies, especially within the context of the agrarian question in peasantry societies subject to globalization and neoliberal capitalism? This study would analyze the varied land issues, tensions, landscapes of resistance and alternative (opportunities) amongst the parties and then through this process, explore productive strategies for mutual cooperation and benefits. In order to interrogate and answer these questions, four African countries – Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Sierra Leone – have been selected for the study. Each has been drawn from a different sub-Saharan region. The mapped sites in these countries include: the Taraba State in the Northern part of Nigeria, where the Italian conglomerate, ENI, operates an Gassol project; the Ethiopian region of Oromiya which hosts the Austria/USA agrofuel concern, Petro Palm Corporation; the Dezeve community in Bilene District of Mozambique in which Canadian Energem Biofuels Resources runs a biofuel project; and the Makeni region of Sierra Leone, where Addax Bioenergy, a Swiss conglomerate, is engaged in a biofuel project. The data collection would be based on purposively selected samples of both written documents gathered from a variety of libraries and resources, and oral evidences from fieldwork. Well-structured questionnaire will be administered to 120 respondent’s focus group discussions (FGDs).