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Acquiring Land Abroad for Agricultural Purposes: ‘Land Grab’ or Agri-Fdi? Report of the Surrey International Law Centre and Environmental Regulatory Research Group

Martin, Antoine and Ayalew, Mulugeta M (2011) Acquiring Land Abroad for Agricultural Purposes: ‘Land Grab’ or Agri-Fdi? Report of the Surrey International Law Centre and Environmental Regulatory Research Group Surrey Law Working Papers – 08/2011. ISSN 978-1-906754-09-9

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Abstract

Following the 2008 world food crisis, many international investors have engaged in a race for land acquisition and food production. This new form of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is increasingly criticised in the public sphere, which commonly refers to it as a ‘land grab’. In the absence of consequent primary sources relating to the subject matter, however, this working document provides an overview of what the authors describe as an ‘agri-FDI’ trend, based on the cross analysis of secondary sources. It first draws a geographical map of the trend as a means to emphasise who invests and where. Second, it considers the origins of the trend are, including the 2008 food crises and the impact of increased demand for biofuel. This document, overall, constitutes the basis of a forthcoming paper which, in turn, will formulate hypotheses and questions as to whether agriculture-oriented investments differ from traditional FDI.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: land grab, foreign direct investments, FDI, land acquisition, agri-fdi, food crisis, Ethiopia
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Divisions: Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Law
Depositing User: Antoine Martin
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2011 13:30
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:40
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/2812

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