Commercialisation of land and ‘Land Grabbing’: Implications for Land Rights and Livelihoods in Malawi

June 2015
PLAAS Research Report 52 (Phillan Zanchiya and Joseph Gausi)

Investigates the processes and impact of commercialisation of land in Malawi – specifically the acquisition of huge tracts of communal lands by foreign companies and local elites for sugarcane production in Nkhotakota and Chikwawa districts. The main finding was that ‘land grabbing’ for large-scale commercial agriculture in these two districts negatively affected the livelihoods of the poor communal farmers. The costs to the affected communities outweighed the benefits