The Scramble for Land and Natural Resources in Africa

  • Sam Moyo
  • Praveen JhaEmail author
  • Paris Yeros
Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


This chapter explores the historical and systemic dynamics of the new scramble for Africa, as well as the current land-grabbing patterns and agents. It is argued that, despite the emergence of new competitors from the South, the key drivers of the scramble remain the Western monopolies and their state patrons, in the context of terminal systemic crisis and transition. It is also argued that the scramble has set off new structural tendencies on the continent, which are transforming Africa’s trajectory in the twenty-first century. The tendencies point towards a convergence of economic and social characteristics among the regions, within the overall trend of intensified marginalization and subordinate integration into the world economy. Yet, new forms of resistance have also emerged, from the local to the national and regional levels, which have made concrete and substantial advances, especially in Southern Africa.


Africa Land grabs Scramble Peasant agriculture Super-exploitation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.African Institute for Agrarian StudiesHarareZimbabwe
  2. 2.Centre for Economic Studies and PlanningJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Federal University of ABC (UFABC)São Bernardo do CampoBrazil

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