Large-scale agricultural investments (LSAI) in Ethiopia are expected to provide input for the processing industry and to bring foreign currency as well as technology transfer to the country, while the local communities will benefit from employment and infrastructure improvements related to these investments. But the results of investment projects have been rather limited so far. In the past, the land identification (and verification) process for LSAI, due to various reasons, was not implemented with the required accuracy, which often resulted in environmental and social problems. A future land identification procedure should include land use planning elements, facilitate formalized stakeholder participation and should explicitly focus on respecting existing tenure and use rights. Since the government currently is drafting a road map for national integrated land use planning, which includes local-level land use planning, this roadmap has to be considered within the land identification procedure.
This desk study provides a review of relevant literature, documents and laws, related to LSAI in Ethiopia.
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