Grabbing or investment? On judging large-scale land acquisitions

Mann, Stephan; Bürgi, Elisabeth (2016). Grabbing or investment? On judging large-scale land acquisitions. Agriculture and human values Springer 10.1007/s10460-016-9688-1

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Although analyses of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLA) often contain an explicit or implicit normative judgment about such projects, they rarely deduce such judgment from a nuanced balancing of pros and cons. This paper uses assessments about a well-researched LSLA in Sierra Leone to show that a utilitarian approach tends to lead to the conclusion that positive effects prevail, whereas deontological approaches lead to an emphasis on negative aspects. LSLA are probably the most radical land-use change in the history of humankind. This process of radical transformation poses a challenge for balanced evaluations. Thus, we line out a framework that focuses on the options of local residents but sets boundaries of acceptability through the core contents of human rights. In addition, systemic implications of a project need to be regarded.

Item Type: Journal Article (Original Article)
Division/Institute: 10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)
UniBE Contributor: Bürgi, Elisabeth
ISSN: 0889-048X
Publisher: Springer
Projects: [478] Soil governance and land acquisitions originating in Switzerland Official URL
Language: English
Submitter: Melissa Hofstetter
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2016 15:27
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 13:30
Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s10460-016-9688-1
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.80748
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/80748

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