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Land Alienation and Sustainability Issues in the Peri-urban Interface of South-West Nigeria

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Abstract:

Waheed Kadiri and Basirat Oyalowo examine the view-points of local stakeholders in West Nigeria on land grabbing. Through village appraisal survey with 78 stakeholders in seven peri-urban settlements in South-West Nigeria they explore how the land grabs are not always unwelcome by local stakeholders. The incessant calls for foreign investment and private sector participation in development by government and its agencies and the market operations of local land-owners has led to the delivery of vast areas of lands to potential land grabbers. They conclude that any global scale intervention to reduce successfully land grabbing in the area, attention should recognize that stakeholders see land as an economic resource to be exploited rather than an environmental resource to be protected.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/dev.2010.93

Publication date: 2011-03-01

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