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FY 2013/2014 Research Topic: B-103
Land and State in Africa 


Recently, land in Africa has been attracting widespread attention. On one hand, such land has been connected to social crises in Africa, and regarded as a critical factor contributing to armed conflicts in such countries as Rwanda, Kenya, and Côte d’Ivoire. Land grabs by national elites and international companies have been often reported in countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, and Ethiopia. On the other hand, a number of African countries have enacted land tenure reforms, particularly in revising their land laws. As such, African land has been an arena in which both the state and society struggle in pursuit of political order. This research project analyses both the state interventions and social responses, so as to elucidate the background of the recent focus on African land.


April 2013 - March 2015

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] TAKEUCHI Shinichi
[ Co-researchers ] KODAMA Yuka
SATO Akira
ENDO Mitsugi (The University of Tokyo, Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
OCHIAI Takehiko (Ryukoku University, Professor, Faculty of Law)
IKENO Jun (Kyoto University, Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies)
OYAMA Shuichi (Kyoto University, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies)