Land Acquisitions and Their Impacts on Peace, Security and Stability

Conflict-relevant dimensions of large-scale land investments and land grabbing

Erwin Geuder-Jilg
| 2014

Rural development has been neglected for too long, and agriculture needs fresh funding to combat global hunger effectively: this was one of the lessons learned from the world food and financial crisis in 2008. It has led to an upsurge in agricultural investment in recent years, with the result that in many countries of the Global South, large tracts of land are being transferred to investors, whose interests are primarily export- and profit-oriented. Local food security is rarely a priority for the governments and agencies granting these land concessions. With this large-scale sell-off of fertile land in parallel to a food crisis, especially in poor countries, conflicts are escalating.

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