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Knowledge Generation

In collaboration with various stakeholders, LANDac carries out short-term, applied research and fact-finding missions, while strengthening its collaboration with partners.

Migration, Youth and Land in West Africa: Making the Connections Work for Inclusive Development
In 2018, LANDac conducted a research project on the various ways in which migration and land dynamics in West-Africa are intertwined. Together with ASC, VNG International, KIT and UU, local case studies were conducted in four West-African countries, with the aims to shed light on the various relationships between migration and land, and to analyse in how far they may contribute to/obstruct (local) inclusive and sustainable development in Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Benin.

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Securing Women’s Land Rights in Africa
ADECRU and Fórum Mulher in Mozambique, ENDA Pronat in Senegal, GROOTS Kenya and ActionAid Kenya, Oxfam in Malawi in collaboration with LANDac have implemented a year-long action research programme ‘Securing Women’s Land Rights in Africa: Scaling Impact in Senegal, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique’. The programme, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aimed to identify, build upon and scale successful practices and experiences of grassroots organisations and movements that work to strengthen women’s access and control over land and natural resources in Africa. The research resulted in a series of working papers and policy briefs, two videos, and a final learning event in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Learning Platforms in Land Governance and Food Security
LANDac, together with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), CIFOR and Shared Value Foundation (SVF) jointly set out in 2017 to design and implement three multi-stakeholder Learning Platforms around investment hubs in Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda. The project aimed to bring different stakeholders together, improve the quality and flow of information between these actors, and generate new ideas for creating shared value.

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Learning Trajectories on Land Governance and Food Security
In 2015, three (pilot) learning trajectories on land governance and food security have been rolled out in Uganda, Ghana and Ethiopia, organized by LANDac, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and partner organizations in the three countries. The four-day learning and exchange events provided participants and their organizations with knowledge to better handle issues of land governance and food security in their countries by studying, exchanging and discussing the complex linkages between the two topics. This was done through presentations given by local experts, by field visits to land-based investments and local government offices, and by developing action plans for their respective organizations.

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Flowers for food? Scoping study on Dutch flower farms, land governance and local food security in Eastern Africa
This scoping study assessed the contribution of the Dutch flower sector to local development and food security in Eastern Africa. Field research was carried out in four countries that host communities of Dutch flower farmers, namely Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia. The study found that floriculture investments have both negative and positive impacts on local development and local food security: through land use changes and land acquisition processes; through job creation and employment conditions and; through technology and knowledge transfers. It also shows that linkages between the investments and impacts locally are often complex and therefore more research needs to be done to uncover these relationships. Moreover, there is a need to stimulate the dialogue between different stakeholders, including the floriculture sector. In response to this need, LANDac developed a knowledge agenda around land governance and food security (see above).

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Short-term research projects
Over the years, LANDac has conducted several short-term research projects on the following topics: farmers’ organisations and land policies; good practices of largescale investments in land; governing commercial pressure on land: what is the role of the local government?

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PhD Network
LANDac brings together PhD students in the Netherlands and Belgium, who work on topics related to land governance and/or large-scale land acquisitions. Within the network, PhD students discuss their ideas and findings, and receive feedback on their work. The network meets at least once a year during the LANDac Annual International Conference.