‘Land grabs’ and alternative modalities for agricultural investments in emerging markets

Authored by: Phil Riddell

Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  September  2012

Print ISBN: 9781857436693
eBook ISBN: 9780203110942
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780203110942-12

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Abstract

This chapter sets out to explore three hypotheses:

that the strengthening of Africa’s small farmers is not the only defensible way to attempt increased agricultural production in the sub-Saharan region;

that ‘land grabs’ of the kind excoriated in the press are not the only way to invest in commercial African agriculture; and,

that sub-Saharan Africa represents vast, untapped agricultural production potential that can be mobilised equitable and sustainably.

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