Acquiring Land Abroad for Agricultural Purposes: ‘Land Grab’ or Agri-FDI? Report of the Surrey International Law Centre and Environmental Regulatory Research Group

Author: Antoine Martin & Mulugeta M Ayalew, University of Surrey, Published on: 17 March 2011

Following the 2008 world food crisis, many international investors have engaged in a race for land acquisition and food production. This new form of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is increasingly criticised in the public sphere, which commonly refers to it as a ‘land grab.’...[T]his working document provides an overview of what the authors describe as an ‘agri-FDI’ trend...It first draws a geographical map of the trend as a means to emphasise who invests and where. Second, it considers the origins of the trend are, including the 2008 food crises and the impact of increased demand for biofuel. [full paper refers to Lonrho, Black Earth Farming, Alpcot Agro, Pava, Morgan Stanley, Renaissance Capital, Fund Landkom, Lawrence Asset Management, Merrill Lynch (part of Bank of America), ADM, Cargill, Bunge, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Blackrock]

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Related companies: Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Bunge Cargill Deutsche Bank Goldman Sachs Landkom International Lonrho Merrill Lynch (part of Bank of America) Morgan Stanley