This paper attempted to examine social action within and between communi-ties that facilitate access to resources geared towards livelihood security. How community livelihoods and conflicts are (re)shaped by land/ water grab-bing over time and across spatial scales in Tana River Delta, Kenya. Within the phenomenon of land/water grabbing (large scale land investment) for hydro-electric power, irrigation schemes, rice, sugarcane and Jatropha pro-duction and their impact on community livelihoods and conflict. This study uses political economy and ecology framework in placing the readers in the heart of the recent land deals by the state corporation as investor, foreign in-vestor and past state and non-state actors in rural Kenya Delta. The frame-works are used to further understand and explain these current events. It is a comparative case study that draws on a range of social actors; both state and non-state actors over time and across spatial scales within the case study. It draws on in-depth field interviews that were explicitly expressed from different respondents in the community from the voices of Tana to understand this phenomenon.

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Keywords Community livelihoods, conflicts, food security, large scale land investment, Land/water grabbing
Thesis Advisor Borras, Jun
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Series Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD)
Okumu, A.A. (2012, December 14). Transforming Social Livelihoods and Conflict Case of land/water grabbing in Kenya Delta. Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD). Retrieved from