As the World Bank’s annual meeting on Land and Poverty got underway in Washington DC, representatives of governments, civil society, academia, the development community and private sector discussed land policy, challenges, and the latest research on land governance
Zambia is Africa’s biggest copper producer. The privatization of the mining sector in the 1990s has attracted substantial foreign investment, particularly from China. The country enjoys higher levels of stability than most of its neighbours and is a popular tourist destination. Despite this, more than 60% of Zambians live below the poverty line. In rural areas, the rate is as high as 80 percent.
Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia are rich in forests, land and minerals, but have struggled to derive development benefits from these natural resources. Although land use investments can activate economic, social and environmental progress (such as local employment creation, wealth generation and infrastructure establishment), positive development outcomes are not automatic.