Malawian farmers know best.

Position:NATURAL RESOURCES - Brief article

The rise in global demand for Africa's land is affecting the local cost of water. In Malawi, informal irrigation by local Malawian farmers' groups has been far more successful than top-down projects piloted by development agencies and has increased the amount of irrigated land. But this is creating worrying problems of land tenure and access to water, driven by a surge in the global demand for arable land, according to a study by the Japanese government's aid agency, JICA.

Led by the attractive prospect of securing land ownership along riverbanks, landowners are seeking to formalise land tenure and extract revenue from renting land to...

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