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The fluid nature of water grabbing: the on-going contestation of water distribution between peasants and agribusinesses in Nduruma, Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author de Bont, Chris
dc.contributor.author Veldwisch, Gert Jan
dc.contributor.author Komakech, Hans C.
dc.contributor.author Vos, Jeroen
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-20T09:48:40Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-20T09:48:40Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-20
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-015-9644-5
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.nm-aist.ac.tz/handle/123456789/660
dc.description This research article published by Springer Nature Switzerland AG., 2015 en_US
dc.description.abstract This article contributes to the contemporary debate on land and water grabbing through a detailed, qualitative case study of horticultural agribusinesses which have settled in Tanzania, disrupting patterns of land and water use. In this paper we analyse how capitalist settler farms and their upstream and downstream peasant neighbours along the Nduruma river, Tanzania, expand and defend their water use. The paper is based on 3 months of qualitative field work in Tanzania. We use the echelons of rights analysis framework combined with the concept of institutional bricolage to show how this contestation takes place over the full spectrum of actual abstractions, governance and discourses. We emphasise the role different (inter)national development narratives play in shaping day-to-day contestations over water shares and rule-making. Ultimately, we emphasise that water grabbing is not a one-time event, but rather an on-going struggle over different water resources. In addition, we show how a perceived beneficial development of agribusinesses switching to groundwater allows them to avoid peasant-controlled institutions, avoiding further negotiation between the different actors and improving their image among neighbouring communities. This development illustrates how complex and obscured processes of water re-allocation can be without becoming illegal per se. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Springer Nature Switzerland AG. en_US
dc.subject Foreign direct investment en_US
dc.subject Institutional bricolage en_US
dc.subject Echelons of rights analysis en_US
dc.subject Smallholder irrigation en_US
dc.subject Water grabbing en_US
dc.title The fluid nature of water grabbing: the on-going contestation of water distribution between peasants and agribusinesses in Nduruma, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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