Grabbing Land in Malawi

in Corruption, Grabbing and Development: Real World Challenges, Søreide and Williams (Eds.), 2013, Edward Elgar, Northampton

10 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2015

See all articles by Blessings Chinsinga

Blessings Chinsinga

University of Malawi - Political and Administrative Studies Department

Liam Wren-Lewis

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Abstract

The distribution of land in Malawi is highly unequal and frequently inefficient. Large areas of land are underutilized in a context where many Malawian farmers would be able to put such land to productive use. In this context, the Malawian government has been slow and ineffective invundertaking land reforms, despite large demand for change both from investors and the local population. This chapter explores the role that grabbing of land in Malawi plays in contributing to this situation. We focus on various forms of malpractice, corruption or opportunistic behaviours associated with land transfers. We begin by briefly setting out the history and context of land in Malawi, and then discuss various types of land grabbing that occur currently. We highlight the problems that this form of corruption leads to, before moving to consider policy suggestions for both the government and donors. Finally, we conclude by attempting to draw out any lessons that this example may teach us about corruption more generally.

Suggested Citation

Chinsinga, Blessings and Wren-Lewis, Liam, Grabbing Land in Malawi. in Corruption, Grabbing and Development: Real World Challenges, Søreide and Williams (Eds.), 2013, Edward Elgar, Northampton. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2657146 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2657146

Blessings Chinsinga

University of Malawi - Political and Administrative Studies Department ( email )

P.O. Box 280
Zomba
Malawi

Liam Wren-Lewis (Contact Author)

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014 75014
France

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