The ‘Green Land Grab’ in Apaa Village in Uganda (Eria Serwajja)
Seizure of community land in Uganda by foreign companies for environmental ends – dubbed as ‘green land grabbing’ (Corson & MacDonald, 2012) – is on the rise. As of 2017, several foreign companies acquire concessions to run private wildlife conservancies in Uganda (Tenywa, 2017). While this could be a ‘development opportunity’ (Cotula et al., 2009), deprivation of the rural poor from land in violent ways could stifle development (Deng, 2011). This study contributes to debates on ‘green land grabbing’. It also shows the ways in which the Ugandan state is central in facilitating the enclosure of community land and fostering of capital accumulation by private foreign individuals. Further, it illustrates how wildlife conservation has accentuated marginalisation by divorcing the rural poor from the primary means of production (land). This could rekindle the silent Lord Resistance Army (LRA) conflict.
Eria Serwajja, “The ‘Green Land Grab’ in Apaa Village of Amuru District, Northern Uganda: Power, Complexities & Consequences.”, Mambo!, Vol. XV, (2), 2018.