In Brief 8
Land grabbing – poor people are losing the ground beneath their feet
Providing adequate and sufficient food at affordable prices is a challenge faced not only by developing countries but also by threshold countries and even industrial nations. (2009)
The times of plenty are over: global grain production is falling increasingly short of growing demand. This situation is promoting a trend known as "land grabbing": state actors and private investors from industrial and threshold countries are securing huge tracts of farmland in developing countries with long-term leases and deeds of sale in order to grow food and energy crops there for export. They are often welcomed by the local elite who have a vested interest in lucrative land deals. This situation is precarious: investment in agriculture is necessary, but it must take a pro-poor approach and cannot take the form of neo-colonial land seizure.
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