“Women in rural areas are more affected by the incidence of land-grabbing, a study has revealed.”- Leadership
This was unveiled during the conference of civil society organizations in collaboration with the department of agriculture and rural development of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja from February 15 through 16, 2017.
The research was conducted over a three-year period, via a participatory action research project on the impacts and the responses to land-grabbing.
Since October 2014, FAN international Germany together with four African CSOs (National Coordinate of Peasant Organisations Mail and the Malian Convergence against land-grabbing (CNOP-CMAT), Environmental Right Action ERA/Friends of the earth Nigeria, Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT) Uganda, Masifundise Development Trust (MDT) South Africa ), two academic research institutions (ISS-The Netherlands) have been inquiring into the conditions under which the CFS/FAO guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests can serve to increase bottom up accountability amidst the pressures of the global rush for the land which is rapidly changing the use of land and water from small-scale, labor-intensive uses like peasant farming for household consumption and local markets, toward large-scale, capital-intensive uses such as industrial monocultures linked to metropolitan areas and foreign markets. The project has been funded by the international development research center, government of Canada (IDRC)
During the three years of the participatory action research, CNOP-CMAT Mali and ERA/FoE-Nigeria were able to successfully anchor their community organizing actions and reflections on the tenure guidelines to hold local officials and transnational companies accountable in large scale land Acquisition (LSLA) deals.