Widening the dialogue on large scale land acquisitions in Eastern Africa
Proposals from consultations with farmers
Increasing large-scale investment in land, commonly referred to as “land grabbing”, is of interest and concern to a wide variety of stakeholders. While there is agreement that the implications of these investments are far-reaching, opinion is sharply divided on what these implications might be. Inter-governmental agencies and government authorities have proposed principles for responsible land-based investments, while producer organizations and social movements have generally been more sceptical of the possibility of achieving “win-win” outcomes. Consultations on particular proposals have been limited in scope. In addition, alternative proposals have not been widely heard of debated. This report presents the summary of views collected from producers and producer organizations around this challenge, and presents a platform for wider discussion of alternative proposals. The consultations that provided information for this report were co-sponsored by the International Land Coalition and the Support to Farmer Organizations in Africa Program (SFOAP).The Eastern Africa Farmers’ Federation (EAFF) is a regional farmers’ organization whose membership consists of national farmer federations, national apex cooperative alliances, and apex commodity associations in ten countries in Eastern Africa – Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. EAFF is a democratic non-governmental organization with an elected Board of Directors consisting of national farmer leaders from the member organizations. EAFF aims to represent, lobby and advocate for the interests of farmers in the region, and to build their capacities.