Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung
In recent years there has been an increase in the number of foreign investors from Western, Asian and Gulf countries acquiring shares of agricultural land in Africa, mainly for the purpose of large-scale food and biofuel production for their home countries. For some, such investments are an opportunity for foreign direct investment and development in Africa. For others, such global land grab needs to be critically assessed for its impacts on the rural population because potential implications of such investments involve both opportunities and risks. However, there is still little empirical evidence of the actual implications of such international land deals. This presentation addresses these questions by drawing on empirical case study examples from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Birgit Schaller (birgit [dot] schaller [at] aau [dot] at)