Big push for development or erosion of local livelihood?

The rapid rise of foreign direct investments (FDI) in land not only awakens new hopes of overcoming the decades of under-financing of the agricultural sector but also constitutes a new threat to food and income security for rural peoples. Based on GTZ case studies, the article demonstrates the different impacts large-scale land investments can have. Information on land-use rights in Cambodia, investment climate and regulation in Laos, FDI in land in Madagascar and the socio-ecological risks of land concessions in Mali illustrate that stronger regulation is necessary if long-term negative impacts are to be minimised.
Susanne Väth
Research Fellow
Philipps-University Marburg
Marburg, Germany

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