Centre for Basic Research in collaboration with University of Buea, Cameroon and the Centre for Gender Studies and Advocacy (GENGESA), University of Ghana, is implementing a project on Large scale Land acquisitions specifically looking at the impact on women's land rights.
This initiative, supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) aims at examining how and under what conditions women can be empowered to effectively participate in the processes of LSLA to ensure that the legal and policy frameworks foster better accountability and legitimacy in land governance in sub-Saharan Africa.
LSLA generally known as the process by which both local and foreign investors acquire or lease large expanse of land in the global South for the production of exportable bio-fuels and food has repositionedAfrica as a key player of globalization. The major question then relates to the impact of these LSLAs on the livelihoods of the majority citizens. Based on case studies from Cameroon, Ghana and Uganda, this study is investigating and analyse the extent to which land governance in sub Saharan Africa enforces accountability or excludes women to the benefits of comprador elites such as chiefs, governments and TNCs in the process of large scale land acquisition as well as citizen responses to these transactions.