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D. Deng (2011). A Baseline Survey of Large-Scaled Land-Based investment in Southern Sudan

This report is part of a baseline survey of large-scale land-based investment in Southern Sudan prepared for
Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA). It presents data on 28 foreign and domestic investments planned or underway
across the ten states of Southern Sudan. In just four years, between the start of 2007 and the end of 2010,
foreign interests sought or acquired a total of 2.64 million hectares of land (26,400 km2) in the agriculture, forestry
and biofuel sectors alone. That is a larger land area than the entire country of Rwanda. If one adds domestic
investments, some of which date back to the pre-war period, and investments in tourism and conservation, the
figure rises to 5.74 million hectares (57,400 km2), or nine percent of Southern Sudan’s total land area. While
in theory, this influx of investment could provide development opportunities for rural communities, without the
appropriate procedures in place there is a danger that it will serve to undermine livelihoods. Below are a series of
recommendations that may help the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), its international partners, civil society,
companies, investors, and rural communities in Southern Sudan to address the risks and opportunities of largescale
land investments moving forward:

Category: Economics and Livelihoods

Sub-category: International Assistance and Interventions