After completing his Bachelors, Fidel spent parts of 2011 in Liberia. His exposure to social and health inequality led him to undertake a Public Health masters in International Development with the University of Sheffield’s Geography Department. Whilst writing his master’s thesis on the geopolitics of development aid, Fidel recognised the influence of natural resources, especially land, on investment and aid allocations in Africa. Thus he has embarked on a research project exploring the impact of investments in land conversion from food to biofuels production on rural communities in Africa.
My current research investigates dominant narratives of the impact of land grabbing on rural communities in Africa within a local context. Employing an ethnographic approach to the project, I have been able to localise the debate and initially conclude that the impact of the land grabbing phenomenon on rural spaces is not homogeneous and, that in each local case there might be winners and losers including women and young people.