Promises, Power, and Poverty: Corporate land deals and rural women in Africa | Land Portal

Oxfam International

The rush to invest in farmland in Africa is having an immediate impact on women’s land-use options, on their livelihoods, on food availability and the cost of living, and, ultimately, on women’s access to land for food production. These are only the economic impacts. Women’s knowledge, socio-cultural relationship with the land, and stewardship of nature are also under threat. Too often ignored, rural women’s voices and perspectives need to be heeded urgently if a robust rural economy and food for all are to be guaranteed. Small-scale food production and the women involved in it are the backbone of rural livelihoods.

This briefing paper is based on information from recent case studies of corporate land-based investments in three African countries. It also draws on a wider review of literature and reports from other cases of land deals and land grabs.

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