What are the Effects of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions in Africa on Selected Economic and Social Indicators?

April 2021
Regina Neudert and Lieske Voget-Kleschin

Proponents of large-scale agriculture have put forward a multitude of reasons to support the advancement of this approach to farming. Large-scale agriculture is seen as the only way to “modernise” and “develop” the land, to close the yield gap, and to ensure food availability. Furthermore, socio-economic outcomes are assumed to be higher under the management of large-scale farming operations than on small-scale farms. This study reviewed scientific literature on the microeconomic and social effects of large-scale land acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa.