Large Scale Agricultural Foreign Investments and Household's Livelihood in Nigeria: Forces from Above and Voices from Below
Posted: 22 Mar 2013
Date Written: 2013
Some research efforts have been made regarding the determinants of Large-scale Agricultural Foreign Investments (LAFIs) at the global level. However, little is known regarding the characteristics of target localities in a given country. Thus, this study provides evidence on the determinants of LAFIs using data from Nigeria, an important receptor of LAFIs. It compares and contrasts the localities where LAFIs occur with those that are not targeted. Some of the main specific hypotheses to be tested are: do LAFIs target communities with quality/poor infrastructures and/or strong/weak local institutions. In a regression framework, the study will hence investigate and how such communities characteristics correlate with the presence of LAFIs? Not only will the weak negotiating power of the households put them in disadvantage position, also the outcome of the agreement with regards to investors upholding the terms will require strong institutional framework. The anticipated results of the study include: better understanding of the internal and external factors that shape LAFIs; the impacts; the political economy shrouding them at the international and local level (forces from above); and insights into the adjustment mechanisms of households in the communities (voices from below).
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