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Project Update: New Insights from Tanzania and Ghana Case Studies on Responsible Investments in Land

by Christin VanZant last modified May 02, 2017 08:26 PM
Contributors: Landesa
Landesa’s Responsible Investments in Property and Land (RIPL) team has completed two new case studies on investments in Tanzania and Ghana. These are part of a series of case studies intended to inform the framework and content of RIPL Guidebooks, and inform land investment practices more broadly. (To learn more about the RIPL Guidebooks project, visit our website.) These case studies provide an opportunity to gather information about key stakeholders involved in the investment process – communities, government and private sector – and deepen the team's and sector's understanding of key issues facing each set of stakeholders during land-based investments, as well as strategies to overcome those challenges.

 

PROJECT UPDATE:  New Insights from Tanzania and Ghana Case Studies on Responsible Investments in Land

Landesa’s Responsible Investments in Property and Land (RIPL) team has completed two new case studies on investments in Tanzania and Ghana. These are part of a series of case studies intended to inform the framework and content of RIPL Guidebooks, and inform land investment practices more broadly. (To learn more about the RIPL Guidebooks project, visit our website.) These case studies provide an opportunity to gather information about key stakeholders involved in the investment process – communities, government and private sector – and deepen the team's and sector's understanding of key issues facing each set of stakeholders during land-based investments, as well as strategies to overcome those challenges.

Select Findings from Tanzania
In cooperation with Illovo Sugar Group and its joint venture subsidiary, Kilombero Sugar Company Ltd. (KSCL), Landesa conducted a case study in the Kilombero and Kilosa districts of the Morogoro Region in Tanzania. The study highlights three key findings. First, land scarcity in the investment region underscores the need for gender-sensitive land use planning and land rights formalization, without which tenure insecurity and disputes can adversely affect communities and business. Second, direct, inclusive and continuous dialogue with out-growers and community members is absolutely essential to sustain an equitable benefit-sharing scheme and to maintain a social license to operate.Third, gender awareness should better inform shared-benefit out-grower schemes so as to treat women more equally and better ensure equitable distribution of benefits. Read the full case study here

Select Findings from Ghana
In the Northern Region of Ghana, AgDevCo’s Babator Irrigated Farming Hub Project was the focus of the third case study in the series. One of the research aims of the RIPL team was to support AgDevCo’s efforts to successfully implement a socially responsible land-based investment, and share those experiences, insights, challenges and successes with the broader global community. One key finding was that adherence to Free, Prior and Informed Consent can be particularly challenging in a customary context; investors must therefore make significant efforts to avoid excluding affected parties from the consultation process. Similarly, customary land disputes can delay projects but do not pose an insurmountable obstacle to investment with proactive and skilled facilitation of dispute resolution. Read the full case study here


Looking Ahead…
Building from these studies, field and desk research over the past three years, and invaluable inputs from local Project Advisory Groups in each country, the RIPL team is in the process of drafting and vetting country-level Guidebooks for Ghana and Tanzania. ‘Model’ Guidebooks, available in early 2018, will build from these country-specific Guidebooks, designed to be adaptable to other geographic contexts. The Model Guidebooks are intended to support others to access information and customize similar how-to guides that are most relevant to their own country and investment contexts.

Background on Responsible Investments in Property and Land Project
Landesa’s Responsible Investments in Property and Land (RIPL) project, with funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), is an initiative to support communities, governments and the private sector in realizing socially responsible land-related investments. By developing Guidebooks on socially responsible investments, RIPL will contribute to ongoing global efforts to support the implementation of the African Union’sGuiding Principles on Large Scale Land Based Investments in Africa (AU Guiding Principles), the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (VGGT) and other international standards and principles.

For more information, visit our website or email us at responsibleinvestment@landesa.org

RIPL is funded by DFID as part of its LEGEND program. Learn more about this program and its global land partners in the Land Policy Bulletin.

Landesa is an international nonprofit that works to secure land rights for millions of the world's poorest, mostly rural women and men to provide opportunity and promote social justice.

 
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