Land grabs – can they work for small farmers?

31 January, 2011 by (comments)

2.8 million hectares – land deals between China and DR Congo to produce palm oil for biofuels

700,000 hectares – South Korea’s stake in Sudan

10% of available agricultural land – is up for rent in Ethiopia

These are just a few examples of the rush to outsource agricultural production – often referred to as land grabbing – the investment by richer countries in agricultural land in the developing world to produce food and fuel for export back to the investing country.

Can these deals work for small farmers? Listen to The Guardian podcast Land Grabs in Africa to find out more about why it’s happening and who really benefits.

Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions