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In the previous chapter I highlighted the challenges that LSLAs face as tools for rural development. One of the main takeaways of the analysis of the different theoretical arguments is that the institutional structure and policy tools which define local resources access and use, as well as the rules foreign investors are subject to, are major determinants of the impact of LSLAs on rural households. The importance of the regulatory framework of developing countries is stressed by the critics of LSLA, who argue for the need of improved participatory tools to include rural communities in decisions that deeply affect them (Nolte and Voget-Kleschin 2014), while they stress that the current land acquisition process is managed “over the heads of local people” (Vermeulen and Cotula 2010).
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