Large agricultural investments in Kenya's Nanyuki Area: Inventory and analysis of business models

Giger Markus, Mutea Emily, Kiteme Boniface, Eckert Sandra, Anseeuw Ward, Zaehringer Julie G.. 2020. Large agricultural investments in Kenya's Nanyuki Area: Inventory and analysis of business models. Land Use Policy, 99:104833, 14 p.

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Abstract : Many experts agree that more agricultural investment is needed in the global South to improve local food security and reduce poverty. However, there is a lack of consensus about the types of investment needed to achieve these goals. This paper contributes to the literature on large agricultural investments and corresponding business models by inventorying and analysing such investments in Kenya's Nanyuki area. We identify four clusters of business models that differ primarily by type of production and other distinct determinants, namely: demand from markets; access to land; land tenure regime and colonial history; actors involved; biophysical context; labour availability; and governance of the value chain via private standards. The study results shed light on the factors that help or hinder implementation of large agricultural investments and shape their impacts in the context of African land use systems. The way land is accessed represents one of the most-decisive factors determining the risks and opportunities associated with such projects. We find that most investments in the Nanyuki area occur on land bought or leased from private owners.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Économie agricole, Investissement, acquisition des terres, Demande, accès à la terre, tenure foncière

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Kenya

Mots-clés complémentaires : investissement agricole

Mots-clés libres : Large scale land acquisitions, Kenya, Typologie, Business model

Classification Agris : E11 - Land economics and policies
E13 - Investment, finance and credit

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 5 (2019-) - Territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Giger Markus, University of Bern (CHE) - auteur correspondant
  • Mutea Emily, University of Bern (CHE)
  • Kiteme Boniface, CETRAD (KEN)
  • Eckert Sandra, University of Bern (CHE)
  • Anseeuw Ward, CIRAD-ES-UMR ART-DEV (ITA)
  • Zaehringer Julie G., University of Bern (CHE)

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