Land acquisition, investment, and development in the Lao coffee sector: successes and failures

Looking at the coffee sector in Laos, the authors of this article explore dimensions of the land grab debate that have not yet been sufficiently examined. Coffee concessionaires in southern Laos often fail to use all of the land granted them and fail to produce high yields on the land they do use. Thus, the authors challenge the often-assumed superiority and effectiveness of large-scale versus small-scale production, specifically the argument that they modernize agricultural production and optimize land use. They argue that examining failed investments is as important as studying successful ones for understanding the implications of the land grabbing phenomenon for social, economic, and environmental outcomes. From the Journal of Critical Asian Studies, 47:1, 94-122.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Topics
  • Agriculture
  • Concessions
  • Crop products and commodities
  • Land
  • Land policy and administration
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
Copyright Yes
Version / Edition 1.0
License CC-BY-3.0-IGO
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Author (individual) Oliver Schönweger
Author (corporate) Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Co-author (individual) Peter Messerli
Publication place London, England
Publisher Routledge; Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date 2015
Pagination 31
Keywords Coffee,Land grab,land acquisition,large-scale
Date uploaded June 22, 2017, 03:25 (UTC)
Date modified September 20, 2018, 09:22 (UTC)