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The Determinants of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions (LSLAs) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): A Case Study

Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Milan, Via Celoria 2, 20133 Milan, Italy
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Agriculture 2018, 8(12), 194; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture8120194
Received: 12 November 2018 / Revised: 27 November 2018 / Accepted: 5 December 2018 / Published: 8 December 2018
The determinants of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) are, in most cases, outside the traditional sales–buying land market, as they are often rented lands for long periods of time or exploitation licenses. Sub-Saharan Africa is among the most affected regions by this phenomenon for reasons related to its land policy, and includes 37% of the total LSLAs cases. The paper develops an econometric model based on a logarithmic OLS regression to identify the determinants of LSLAs in sub-Saharan Africa. As suggested by the literature, this analysis poses the total agricultural area acquired by country as dependent variable. Results show that investors prefer a country offering a sufficiently free trade economic context with a good level of agricultural productivity, thus allowing an easy investment process. Moreover, a country with a formal recognition of land rights is preferred, to have guarantees on their investment. The availability of water is also one of the main LSLAs drivers, as a natural limit of agricultural investments. View Full-Text
Keywords: Large Scale Land Acquisitions (LSLAs); landgrabbing; sub-Saharan Africa; OLS regression; land deals Large Scale Land Acquisitions (LSLAs); landgrabbing; sub-Saharan Africa; OLS regression; land deals
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Mazzocchi, C.; Salvan, M.; Orsi, L.; Sali, G. The Determinants of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions (LSLAs) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): A Case Study. Agriculture 2018, 8, 194.

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