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Academia Journal of Agricultural Research 7(5): 102-114, April 2019
DOI: 10.15413/ajar.2019.0105
ISSN: 2315-7739
2019 Academia Publishing



Measuring the effect of large scale land acquisition on local livelihood

Accepted 7th February, 2019

Mbu Daniel Tambi

University of Dschang, Department of Agricultural Economics, Cameroon.

Large scale land acquisition for commercial agriculture is a fast-evolving type of investment in many developing countries. However, such investments entail negative impacts particularly on the local communities, who see their livelihood hampered by land acquisitions. This study examined the socio-economic effects of large scale land acquisition on local livelihoods in the Tiko, south west region of Cameroon. The analysis is done on the basis of the Sustainable Rural Livelihood Approach. Data was collected through the administration of detailed questionnaires to various households. Besides, secondary data were also drawn from various sources to complement the primary data. After analyzing the data set, the study found out that the local people faced great challenges prior to the land transferred to CDC. These challenges were measured by employment opportunity, food production, compensation and local infrastructural development. The study then identified the coping strategies pursued by local communities in response to the impacts of the land acquisition. These strategies include land reacquisition (buying, renting, requesting from neighbours), business as alternative, benefits from investment residue, employment opportunities, assistance from family and increased efforts in farming activities. Lastly, recommendations were given in order to address the socio- economic effects of the land acquisitions on local livelihoods.

Key words: Large scale land acquisition, local communities, sustainable rural livelihoods.

This is an open access article published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Tambi MD (2019). Measuring the effect of large scale land acquisition on local livelihood. Acad. J. Agric. Res. 7(5): 102-114.

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