Tenure risk in the African sugar sector can cause companies to lose up to $100 million | Land Portal
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February 2019
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QTR Brief - Sugar
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Overseas Development Institute and TMP Systems
New research by the Quantifying Tenure Risk (QTR) initiative finds that land disputes in the African sugar sector often cause long and costly delays, with 46% of disputes lasting over 10 years. Half of these are still unresolved today. In serious cases disputes close projects down, causing reputational damage to companies and investors involved, and up to $100.9 million in foregone revenue. 
In this brief, QTR share analysis of data from sugar plantations in Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania, and discuss how strategic investment can bring more positive outcomes for all involved in the African sugar sector.

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Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

Joseph Feyertag, Benedick Bowie


The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.


Our mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.

We do this by locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate.

TMP Systems is a boutique consultancy based in the United Kingdom, with staff in the United States and the Philippines. Our work spans asset management, commercial investment systems design in carbon, energy and land use and environmental, social and governance diligence.

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