Monday, January 25, 2010


PUBLICATION: Foreign land purchases for agriculture: what impact on sustainable development?

A new policy brief published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) - Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) examines the impact of foreign land purchases for agriculture on sustainable development.

[T]hese proposed investments often have little connection to a country’s domestic plans to develop the agriculture sector, when such plans exist. These developments are creating risks that local food needs, and land and water users, will be displaced. This Brief examines this new trend and its possible implications for sustainable development in the countries that are hosting such foreign investments.

This brief and others are available for download here.

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