Large Scale Acquisitions policy paper

Since 2008 there has been a dramatic increase in demand for large-scale land acquisitions in developing countries from investors. The pace at which the demand for land intensified from 2008, as well as the size of the acquisitions, the long-term nature of the deals, and the global scope of the phenomenon all make the current ‘land rush’ distinctive.

Unless national policy and legal frameworks provide and implement adequate safeguards for local land and resource rights and effective mechanisms for participation in decision making, the supposed opportunities of agricultural investment will not materialise, and instead likely lead to increased marginalisation of people living in poverty.