Agricultural Development Economics
 

Publication

Title
Land tenure, investments and the right to food
Subtitle
Issues Brief 2
Author
FAO
Publication date
11/03/2011
Abstract
The escalating rate of competition over natural resources has reached important levels. Data on leases and acquisitions of large tracts of land varies across sources. According to the High Level Panel of Experts of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), negotiations are currently underway for the transfer of 50 to 80 million hectares to mainly private foreign investors. The World Bank report revealed that 56 million hectares of large-scale farmland deals were announced before the end of 20092. Yet other data reveals that the amount of land under current negotiations corresponds to 227 million hectares.