Rising Global Interest in Farmland
January, 2011. Deininger, Klaus; Byerlee, Derek . 264 pages. DOI: 10.1596/978-0-8213-8591-3
This book aims to provide key pieces of information needed for informed debate about large-scale land acquisition by drawing on the experience from past land expansions, discussing predictions for potential future demand, and providing empirical evidence of what is happening on the ground in the countries most affected by the recent increase in demand for land. It complements demand side considerations with a detailed assessment of the amount of land, whether currently cultivated or not, that might potentially be available for agricultural cultivation at the global and country levels. It then describes in some detail the policies in place to manage land acquisition processes and analyzes how these policies may affect outcomes.
This information can help governments in land abundant countries to assess how best to integrate increased demand for land into their rural development strategies and provide opportunities and benefits to all involved, including existing smallholders. This is particularly important as many of these countries also have high yield gaps. It also highlights how, in cases where land acquisition by large investors makes sense from a social, economic, and environmental perspective, governments can create an environment that can help to attract outside investment that contributes to broad-based growth and poverty reduction.
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Keywords: e. Deforestation & Degradation Drivers, Other Publications, agricultural expansion, agricultural suitability, land acquisition, land governance, Land grab, land policy, policy analysis, social impacts, strategic planning, yield gap