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Home country measures that promote responsible foreign agricultural investment: Evidence from selected OECD countries
This paper summarizes the good practices by nine selected OECD countries that seek to promote responsible foreign investment in developing country agriculture, primarily by investors in their territory or jurisdiction. The study provides examples of the increasing trend of home countries in establishing binding legal norms and other mechanisms as safeguards that are relevant for agricultural investment.

Trends in Foreign Direct Investment in Food, Beverages and Tobacco
This paper analyses foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in food, beverages and tobacco, including primary agriculture and retail, from 2003 to 2014. It provides information on global, regional and - where possible - national trends in FDI flows in food, beverages and tobacco.

Challenges and opportunities of foreign investment in developing country agriculture for sustainable development
This paper describes challenges, opportunities and determinants of foreign investment in developing country agriculture for sustainable development. Options and good practices for generation of mutual benefits and prevention and mitigation of risks are presented.

Impacts of foreign agricultural investment in developing countries: evidence from case studies
This paper summarizes the results of FAO’s case studies on the impacts of foreign agricultural investment on host communities and countries. The studies suggest that the disadvantages of large-scale land acquisitions often outweigh the few benefits to the local community. 

Trends and impacts of foreign investment in developing country agriculture – Evidence from case studies
This publication examines the trends in agricultural FDI and its economic, social and environmental benefits and risks and at the national and local levels, as well as the determinants of these impacts. Download as e-book or PDF.

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