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  1. John, I can imagine that the classification of “success” or “failure” of a project is not obvious. A project that is ongoing, which has not been shut down by protests, does not necessarily have positive outcomes. Perhaps the expected impact on others might be minimal, and therefore the project was not contested. Can you tell a bit more of the kind of projects that happen in those 3 cases and what the protests are about. And good luck with the fieldwork in this COVID-19 world.

    1. Thank you Jansen for the feedback.

      The classification of the projects was informed by the current state of the acquisitions. The project in Yendi (Northern Ghana-Biofuel) is classified as failed because post the land deal, the project has been abandoned. For the Twifo project (Central region-Oil palm), it is deemed a successful acquisition because the project is continuous and have community acceptance. The project in Lolito, (Volta region-rice/bio fuel) is classified a contested acquisition because currently, there are cases in court against the project and there has been open demonstrations against the project.

  2. Thank you, John.
    You may also want to look at the work that Ruth Hall (PLAAS, Western Cape University) and her team have conducted. Ghana was one of their case study countries. Tobias also presents his findings on Morroco and Ghana. I hope you will get an opportunity to go through some of the videos which could help as you are still at the beginning of your research. IWMI also conducted studies with Ghana as one of the case study countries on Large Scale Land (Water) Investments/Land grabbing.

  3. Thank you very much Mapedza for the heads up, I will look them up and incorporate ideas to enrich my study.

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