Large-scale land acquisitions, or land grabs - an issue of high relevance and heated public debates in many parts of the world, in particular sub-Saharan Africa – are the subject of the Dissemination Conference “Moving from Conjectures to Facts: Large-scale Land Acquisitions in Africa” to be held at the German School Nairobi on January 30th, 2013.
The Conference will bring together stakeholder from politics, academia and the private sector. Keynote lectures will be delivered by Dorothy Angote-Muya (Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Lands) and Dr. Joan Kagwanja (Chief, Land Policy Initiative at UNECA); during a roundtable discussion Odenda Lumumba (Kenya Land Alliance), Henry Machina (Zambian Land Activist), and Prof. Rainer Thiele (IfW) discuss “The Road ahead for sustainable Large-scale Land Acquisitions”.
Moreover, the conference features the presentation of key findings from the research project “large-scale land acquisitions and sustainable development” by three German research institutes: the Kiel Institute of the World Economy, the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies and the University of Kiel. The project analyzes large-scale land acquisitions from an ethical and an economic perspective and entails findings from field research in three Sub-Saharan African countries, Kenya, Mali, and Zambia. Results will be presented by Prof. Jann Lay (GIGA).
This workshop is co-organized by the German Embassy Nairobi. Funding is kindly provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).