The rush for farmland

Since the 2008 food price crisis, foreign investors have been acquiring more and more land in poor countries for producing foodstuffs and biofuels for their own use. Such investments have the potential to promote rural development and food security worldwide. By the same token, however, there is the danger of countless small farmers losing their land, of food insecurity increasing in many places, and of social and ecological systems collapsing through pure "land grabbing". International experts are therefore demanding that foreign land acquisition contracts henceforth be drawn up in a transparent, democratic manner in accordance with the law; they should be socially and ecologically sustainable.
 
 
Thomas Kruchem
Journalist
Mauer/Germany
thomas(at)kruchem.org