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Expert Meeting: FDI in Agriculture

Expert Meeting

Foreign Investment in Developing Country Agriculture
30-31 July 2009, Mexico Room – FAO, Rome

The recent surge of interest in international investment in agricultural land has attracted substantial media interest and international concern more generally. It has raised complex and controversial issues in relation to food security, poverty reduction, rural development, and access to resources, especially land.

However, this development also promises opportunities. Lack of investment in agriculture over decades has meant continuing low productivity and stagnant production in many developing countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This meeting brought together international experts to review and pool knowledge and identify priorities for further research and policy debate.

The Meeting
Topics that were discussed include a review of recent trends in international investment, the record on FDI in developing country agriculture, case study evidence on recent investments, the “land grab” and its implications, alternative business models for investments, investment needs and sources of capital,  policy implications and the case for an international code of conduct.

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