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Publication | 5 February 2019

Improving accountability in agricultural investments: Reflections from legal empowerment initiatives in West Africa

Global Food and Nutrition Security

A recent surge in agribusiness plantation deals has increased pressures on land in many low- and middle-income countries. Rural people have mobilised to protect their rights, seek better terms or oppose the deals altogether. Since 2014, an initiative in Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal has worked to help people harness the law in order to have greater control over decisions that affect them – a process commonly referred to as legal empowerment.