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Special Issue: Ethical aspects of large-scale land acquisition in developing countries

By L. Voget-Kleschin, K. Ott

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This special issue aims at investigating large-scale land acquisitions (LaSLA) from an ethical perspective. It encompasses four case studies, namely the case of Limphasa Sugar Corporation in Malawi, financed by a Malawian and some British Investors; Chinese-based land-acquisitions in Cambodia; a Norwegian land appropriation in Ghana aiming at biofuel production; and three projects in Tanzania, encompassing two afforestation projects under the Kyoto Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and one project aiming at bioenergy production. These case studies back the underlying thesis of this issue, namely that LaSLA constitutes a moral problem that asks for ethical analysis and reflection. In terms of such ethical reflection, this issue spans a broad range of issues, among them sustainability issues, human rights, and an analysis from a Rawlsian framework of thought. Finally, engaging in a thorough analysis of LaSLA necessitates acknowledging issues of power, corruption, and policy.

Publication Title Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
Volume 26
Issue 6
Pages 1059-1240
ISBN/ISSN 0893-4282
DOI 10.1007/s10806-013-9450-2
Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. ACP Countries
  2. Africa
  3. agricultural land
  4. ASEAN Countries
  5. Asia
  6. Commonwealth of Nations
  7. Countries
  8. Developing countries
  9. Ethics
  10. Ghana
  11. Human rights
  12. Indochina
  13. Land
  14. Malawi
  15. Ownership
  16. peer-reviewed
  17. SADC Countries
  18. Sahara
  19. sustainability
  20. Tanzania
  21. transfer
  1. peer-reviewed