Landgrabbing i Kenya - En Udviklingsvej?

Palle Jensen, Christina Ihler Madsen, Josefine Thomsen & Rasmus Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this project we examine the internal factors that lead to land grabbing in Kenya, how it affects the local communities and whether land grabbing can be utilized to create development at the local level. The project is a desk study which operates within a context of critical realism. The study investigates the effects of land grabbing in two specific communities within the Kenyan context while drawing on the country’s history. We have an empirical starting point where we examine the effects of land grabbing in Yala Swamp and Dakatcha Woodland. We use this empirical knowledge as a foundation to further investigate how the power relations between the different stakeholders have resulted in the outcomes of the cases. We then go on to investigate how development perceptions by the government, the companies, the local communities and the NGO’s involved, influence the occurrence of land grabbing. Four different development theories are used to analyze the different stakeholders’ position within the development paradigm. This leads to a discussion on whether land grabbing is a development opportunity or not. We go on to conclude that, under present circumstances, land grabbing has damaging effects on the local societies and environment. Therefor there is a need to review the ways of which development is thought and carried out, so that new considerations can be taken into account.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2012
VejledereMogens Buch-Hansen


  • Landgrabbing
  • Kenya