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Economic and social issues related to foreign land grab and capacity building in Zambian Agricultural economy


Ujunwa Augustine
Department of Banking and Finance, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Nigeria
,
Okoyeuzu Chinwe
Department of Banking and Finance, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Nigeria
,
Igwe Anthony
Department of Management, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Nigeria
,
Wilfred Ukpere
University of Johannesburg, South Africa, Department of Industrial Psychology and people Management, Faculty of Management, South Africa
. (23 DEC 2016).


doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.21511/ppm.14(4-1).2016.13

Abstract
This paper focuses on the recent land grab in Zambia for agricultural investment. The paper explores the history of foreign land acquisition and shows the dynamics that led to the liberalization of land market in Zambia. The research argues that despite the negative effect of these investments, the government can leverage this opportunity to place the country on the trajectory of growth, especially in the area of capacity development through skill acquisition. This can be achieved by structuring the contract to contain some performance requirements that investors are expected to contribute to the local people.

Keywords: land grab, foreign agricultural investment, capacity development.
JEL Classification: Q1.