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Land Deal Politics Initiative
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The Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) is a network of the research programme of Political Economy of Resources, Environment and Population (PER) of the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Part of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The aim of LDPI is for a broad framework encompassing the political economy, political ecology and political sociology of land deals.

Our general framework is based on answering 6 key questions:

  • Who owns what?
  • Who does what?
  • Who gets what?
  • What do they do with their surplus wealth?
  • Ho do social classes and groups in society and within the state interact with each other?
  • How do changes in politics get shaped by dynamic ecologies and vice versa?

First steps will involve data-gathering through literature reviews, followed by research into more targeted national contexts. This will help us understand a broader set of 'so what' questions.




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The role of foreign investment in Ethiopia’s smallholder-focused agricultural development strategy

Reports & Research
March, 2011

Examines political and social dynamics of foreign agricultural investment in Ethiopia. Concludes that this expansion is part of a government move towards an export-led development strategy, so the micro-benefits come at the cost of increased risks to those living in the vicinity of new investments, particularly politically marginalised pastoralist populations.