This paper analyses the battle for land in developing countries. It starts by giving a general overview of the need to increase investments in agriculture to counteract a rising number of people suffering from hunger.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the GTZ Sector Projects “Land Management”, “Agricultural Policy and Food Security“ and the Future Initiative “AgroInvest” have published a new study about „Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Land in developin
Ethiopia is chosen for this case study since the countries government puts a lot of effort on attracting FDIs in order to push agricultural and rural development. FDI flows in the agribusiness sector have increased highly in Ethiopia in the last 3 years (since 2006).
The African Union Commission, Japan, and United States will co-host a
round-table event in Washington, DC on Sunday, April 25 to facilitate a
dialogue among government representatives, multilateral agencies, civil
society, and the private sector to further explore progress and advancement
of ongoing work related to principles for responsible agricultural
Over the past years vast tracks of agricultural lands have been taken over by foreign firms. Much of this land is located in African countries with fast increasing populations suffering hunger and under-nourishment. Such land grabbing has been happening largely outside public scrutiny.
The dominant storyline of land-grabbing as a threat is ceding ground to a new story line promoted, amongst other, by the World Bank—that of the new land deals as a potential opportunity for rural development. But this supposed win-win formula raises many problems, doubts and concerns
A new updated select bibliography of reports on biofuels, land rights in Africa and global land grabbing. Over 70 organizations are cited, with the majority of reports coming from FAO, GRAIN, SCI-DEV NET, Pambazuka News, IIED, and OHCHR.
Mis)Investment in Agriculture concludes that the promotion of investor access into developing country land markets threatens local food security, displaces local populations, and therefore operates in direct violation of IFC’s Performance Standards as well as several UN Human Rights Conventions.