Space for pluralism? Examining the Malibya land grab

Larder, Nicolette (2015) Space for pluralism? Examining the Malibya land grab. Journal of Peasant Studies, 42 3-4: 839-858. doi:10.1080/03066150.2015.1029461


Author Larder, Nicolette
Title Space for pluralism? Examining the Malibya land grab
Journal name Journal of Peasant Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1743-9361
0306-6150
Publication date 2015-07-04
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03066150.2015.1029461
Open Access Status
Volume 42
Issue 3-4
Start page 839
End page 858
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Recent years have seen a flood of pseudo-facts and falsely precise data on land deals. This has led some to call for a more careful approach to the study of land deals that moves away from the current hectare-centric focus towards a grounded case-study methodology. Heeding such calls, this contribution draws on fieldwork undertaken in Mali during 2011 to examine a well-known land deal, the Malibya project, which involved a contract for the transfer of control of 100,000 hectares of land within the Office du Niger. Locally and globally, the deal was denounced following the destruction of homes and gardens as a result of a canal development associated with project. In contrast, the Malian government has argued such projects are vital for expanded irrigation infrastructure and thus securing food self-sufficiency for Mali. Somewhere in between are the farmers of the Office du Niger, some of whom argue for the cessation of the project and others of whom argue the expansion of irrigation in the zone could benefit farmers, particularly those without sufficient access to land. This paper explores the differing viewpoints of the actors involved and the role the land-grabbing frame has played in mobilising these different responses.
Keyword Land grabbing
Social movements
Agriculture
Land access
La Vía Campesina
Food sovereignty
West Africa
Mali
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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