Wednesday, November 28, 2012
WEBCAST: The Global Farms Race -- Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security
Authors of the new book, The Global Farms Race, will be speaking at a book launch event at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC on Tuesday, December 4th. There will be a live webcast of the event, which will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 pm Washington time.
The debate over large-scale land acquisition is typically polarized, with critics lambasting it as a form of “neocolonialism,” and proponents lauding it as an elixir for the poor yields, inefficient technology, and unemployment plaguing global agriculture. The Global Farms Race instead offers diverse perspectives, featuring contributions from agricultural investment consultants, farmers’ organizations, international NGOs, and academics. The book addresses historical context, environmental impacts, and social effects, and covers all the major geographic areas of investment.
Nearly 230 million hectares of farmland—an area equivalent to the size of Western Europe—have been sold or leased since 2001, with most of these transactions occurring since 2008. As the deals continue to increase, it is imperative to understand them and their consequences. The Global Farms Race is a critical resource to develop that understanding.
Access the webcast and read more information about the event here.