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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
Second Conference of the Asian International Economic Law Network (2011)
  • Antoine Martin, University of Surrey
  • Mulugeta M Ayalew
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.

Keywords
  • Land grabs,
  • ethiopia,
  • agri-fdi,
  • land acquisitions
Publication Date
March, 2011
Citation Information
Antoine Martin and Mulugeta M Ayalew. "Acquiring Land Abroad for Agricultural Purposes: ‘Land Grab’ or Agri-FDI? Report of the Surrey International Law Centre and Environmental Regulatory Research Group" Second Conference of the Asian International Economic Law Network (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/antoine_martin/3/