Land Grabbing, Tenure Security and Livelihoods in Kenya

African Journal of Legal Studies 9(2) 2016, 79 - 99

21 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2020

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Francis Kariuki

Strathmore University Law School

Raphael Ng'etich

UCD Sutherland School of Law

Date Written: July 28, 2016

Abstract

In Kenya, land grabbing can be examined by looking at three critical eons through which land governance has evolved. There is the first epoch that was characterised by colonial acquisition of land to establish colonial rule and provide land for incoming settlers among other reasons. Secondly, there is the post-colonial epoch that was characterised by land grabs orchestrated by the new political elites who were keen on retaining power upon independence. Thirdly, and most recently, the phenomenon of land grabbing has assumed a new face: a global face with graver consequences on communities and their livelihoods than ever before. The new form of land grabbing involves foreign multinationals and governments acquiring land in developing countries for a multitude of reasons, inter alia, mining, huge infrastructural projects, oil exploration and large-scale irrigation. This new phenomenon of land grabbing and its impact on tenure security and livelihoods amongst communities is examined here.

Keywords: land grabbing, tenure security and livelihoods, impact on communities

Suggested Citation

Kariuki, Francis and Ng'etich, Raphael, Land Grabbing, Tenure Security and Livelihoods in Kenya (July 28, 2016). African Journal of Legal Studies 9(2) 2016, 79 - 99, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3644354

Francis Kariuki

Strathmore University Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 59857
P.O. Box 54668
Nairobi, Nairobi 00200
Kenya

Raphael Ng'etich (Contact Author)

UCD Sutherland School of Law ( email )

Belfield
Dublin 4
Ireland

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