Rural Transformations

Many rural areas in the Global South are facing tremendous challenges including persistent poverty, demographic pressure, climatic change and an eroding resource base. Competition for land and resources affects the lives of rural populations in multiple ways.


  • Journal of Human Resources | 12/2021

    Agricultural Productivity and Fertility Rates: Evidence from the Oil Palm Boom in Indonesia

    The authors analyse the link between agricultural productivity growth and fertility rates, using the oil palm boom in Indonesia as an empirical setting. They find consistent negative effects of oil palm expansion on fertility during the period 1996-2016. This article aims to explain these findings.

    Dr. Esther Gehrke

    Dr. Christoph Kubitza

    Research Fellow

    Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy | 10/2021

    Effects of Contract Farming on Diets and Nutrition in Ghana

    Contract farming gained importance in many developing countries. Effects of contracting on smallholder farmers' incomes were analyzed in previous studies. In this article, the authors examine the effects of contract farming on dietary diversity and child anthropometrics, using survey data from the palm oil sector in Ghana.

    Dr. Bethelhem Legesse Debela

    Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim

    Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics | 01/2022

    Contract Farming, Contract Design and Smallholder Livelihoods

    The authors examine associations between contract farming and farm household income in the oil palm sector of Ghana, explicitly differentiating between two types of contracts, namely simple marketing contracts and more comprehensive resource-providing contracts.

    Dr. Catherine Ragasa

    Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim

    Monograph | Bern Open Publishing | 2021

    Taking Stock of the Global Land Rush: Few Development Benefits, many Human and Environmental Risks

    More than a decade after the surge in large-scale land acquisition in the Global South, the Land Matrix Initiative takes stock of the "global land rush" and its socioeconomic and environmental impacts in its third analytical report. The findings are alarming.

    Webinar | 28/09/2021

    Launch of the Land Matrix Analytical Report III: Taking Stock of the Global Land Rush

    Analytical Report now online! In this webinar, the Land Matrix Initiative launched its third analytical report, “Taking Stock of the Global Land Rush”. Guests got the opportunity to discuss the findings and policy recommendations emerging from the report with its authors as well as other prominent experts in the field.

    GIGA Forum | 30/09/2021

    Few Benefits, Huge Risks: Taking Stock of the Global Land Rush

    Since the surge of large-scale land acquisitions by international investors starting a decade ago, the Land Matrix Initiative has recorded land deals with a staggering total contract size of 30 million hectares. Experts will discuss the alarming results of its third Analytical Report at the GIGA Forum/GIGA Talk.

    Contribution | 2021

    Rural Transformations in sub-Saharan Africa: A Research Comic by Fellows from the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA)

    This comic addresses rural transformations in Africa. Between February and May 2020, researchers from different countries worked together virtually and at the Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa. This comic gives you an insight into our research.

    Dr. Lisa Hoffmann

    Research Fellow

    Ecological Economics | 01/2021

    Impact of Oil Palm Expansion on the Provision of Private and Community Goods in Rural Indonesia

    This article examines the impacts of oil palm expansion on rural economic development in Indonesia. We carried out a nation-wide study to examine the effects of oil palm expansion on rural households' access to essential private goods, and on community goods.​

    Vijesh V. Krishna

    Dr. Christoph Kubitza

    Research Fellow


    Research Project | 01/01/2022 - 31/12/2022

    Land-Based Investments in Global Supply Chains and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups

    The second phase of the research project “Large-Scale Land Acquisitions, Rural Change, and Social Conflict” focuses on the socio-economic impact of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLA) on local populations, particularly in terms of communal land rights and indigenous groups. Furthermore, it investigates the relationship between LSLA and global (agricultural) supply chains. The project aims to synthesise existing research and generate new evidence at the intersection of rural development and sustainable production and consumption.
    BMZ, 2022

    Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy | 10/2021

    Effects of Contract Farming on Diets and Nutrition in Ghana

    Contract farming gained importance in many developing countries. Effects of contracting on smallholder farmers' incomes were analyzed in previous studies. In this article, the authors examine the effects of contract farming on dietary diversity and child anthropometrics, using survey data from the palm oil sector in Ghana.

    Dr. Bethelhem Legesse Debela

    Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim

    One Earth | 05/2021

    Large-scale Land Acquisitions, Agricultural Trade, and Zoonotic Diseases: Overlooked Links

    Tropical deforestation and associated risks of emerging zoonotic diseases are being driven by large-scale land acquisitions for the production of agricultural exports. Current policies on land deals and agricultural trade fail to address this.

    Markus Giger

    Dr. Sandra Eckert

    Ecological Economics | 01/2021

    Impact of Oil Palm Expansion on the Provision of Private and Community Goods in Rural Indonesia

    This article examines the impacts of oil palm expansion on rural economic development in Indonesia. We carried out a nation-wide study to examine the effects of oil palm expansion on rural households' access to essential private goods, and on community goods.​

    Vijesh V. Krishna

    Dr. Christoph Kubitza

    Research Fellow

    Contribution | 2021

    Rural Transformations in sub-Saharan Africa: A Research Comic by Fellows from the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA)

    This comic addresses rural transformations in Africa. Between February and May 2020, researchers from different countries worked together virtually and at the Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa. This comic gives you an insight into our research.

    Dr. Lisa Hoffmann

    Research Fellow

    Monograph | Bern Open Publishing | 2021

    Taking Stock of the Global Land Rush: Few Development Benefits, many Human and Environmental Risks

    More than a decade after the surge in large-scale land acquisition in the Global South, the Land Matrix Initiative takes stock of the "global land rush" and its socioeconomic and environmental impacts in its third analytical report. The findings are alarming.

    GIGA Talk | 30/09/2021

    Few Benefits, Huge Risks: Taking Stock of the Global Land Rush

    Since the surge of large-scale land acquisitions by international investors starting a decade ago, the Land Matrix Initiative has recorded land deals with a staggering total contract size of 30 million hectares. Experts will discuss the alarming results of its third Analytical Report at the GIGA Forum/GIGA Talk.

    GIGA Forum | 30/09/2021

    Few Benefits, Huge Risks: Taking Stock of the Global Land Rush

    Since the surge of large-scale land acquisitions by international investors starting a decade ago, the Land Matrix Initiative has recorded land deals with a staggering total contract size of 30 million hectares. Experts will discuss the alarming results of its third Analytical Report at the GIGA Forum/GIGA Talk.

    Webinar | 28/09/2021

    Launch of the Land Matrix Analytical Report III: Taking Stock of the Global Land Rush

    Analytical Report now online! In this webinar, the Land Matrix Initiative launched its third analytical report, “Taking Stock of the Global Land Rush”. Guests got the opportunity to discuss the findings and policy recommendations emerging from the report with its authors as well as other prominent experts in the field.

    29/10/2021

    Leading and Working with a Winning Team in Project Implementation: Some lessons from the Land Matrix Initiative

    Workshop 29/10/2021

    20/10/2021

    Social Justice and Food Security: The Right to Food Justice in the Arab Region

    UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia Beirut: 20/10/2021

    Webinar

    13/10/2021

    Taking stock of the global land rush: Few development benefits, many human and environmental risks (Land Matrix Analytical Report III)

    United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research Helsinki: 13/10/2021

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