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Sara Brogaard

Sara Brogaard

Senior Lecturer

Sara Brogaard

The African Land-Grab: Creating Equitable Governance Strategies through Codes-of-Conduct and Certification Schemes


  • Barry Ness
  • Sara Brogaard
  • Lennart Olsson
  • Stefan Anderberg

Summary, in English

This paper examines two failed land acquisition processes for food and biofuels production in Africa with the aim to establishing more equitable governance strategies. More specifically it explores the roles of certification schemes and codes-of-conduct can play in these processes. The two cases used are the South Korean Daewoo Logistics case in Madagascar and the Swedish SEKAB in Tanzania. The methods used were a literature survey and a case structuring using a multi-level (governance) framework. Analyses reveal that governance disconnects occurred between the regional and village levels with the Daewoo-Madagascar case driven largely by a lack of transparency in the negotiation process. The SEKAB-Tanzania case failed largely due to discrepancies revealed by an interest organization and the inability of traditional governance systems to manage the scale of the project. Lastly the paper presents a framework consisting of four areas where certification schemes and codes-of-conduct can be used in order to provide a governance system in order to increase access and allocation aspects.


  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year




Document type

Conference paper: abstract


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Conference name

Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change ‘Earth System Governance: People, Places and the Planet’

Conference date


Conference place

Amsterdam, Netherlands