Land deals intensify competition for scarce resources

Giger, Markus; Messerli, Peter; Eckert, Sandra (2014). Land deals intensify competition for scarce resources (CDE Policy Brief 2). Bern, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

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Since the worldwide food price crisis of 2008, foreign investors have rushed to acquire large amounts of agricultural land in poorer countries. Some observers welcome this, claiming that outside investment in ostensibly underused land will jump-start local development. Others regard such investments as land grabs, stressing that the areas are rarely empty and that local people have little say. This brief identifies the types of land targeted by investors and reveals key socio-ecological patterns of such deals. The evidence indicates that foreign investments are intensifying competition for the best land. Ensuring that such deals instead contribute to sustainable, inclusive use of land requires strong public guidance and oversight.

Item Type:

Report (Report)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Giger, Markus; Messerli, Peter and Eckert, Sandra

ISSN:

2296-8687

Series:

CDE Policy Brief

Publisher:

Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

17 Mar 2015 09:06

Last Modified:

29 Jul 2015 12:27

Uncontrolled Keywords:

CDEPolicyBrief

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.63792

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/63792

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