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Institute for African Development Seminar

October 24, 2023

Land Use and Tenure Insecurity in the Drylands of Southern Ethiopia

John McPeak, Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Syracuse University

Register   Wednesday, October 25, 2023   2:30pm   G-08 Uris Hall

The seminar series for fall 2023 explores the future of African land, agriculture and food, digging into the contestations, conflicting and converging visions from a wide range of perspectives.

How might land be used, valued and lived in, across cities, rural communities, forests, deserts and grasslands on the continent in the future? Who is proposing different visions of land futures in Africa, what are the histories, politics, socio-cultural, environmental and economic implications of these potential visions? In one of the regions with the most youthful populations, how are young people considering possible futures? What are ways that land, agriculture and food systems could be resilient, healthy, ecological, thriving and just? Can there be a decolonial agriculture and food future in Africa that celebrates Indigenous and local foodways?

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  • Development, Law, and Economics


  • Land Use