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The global farmland rush continues

February 18, 2013

During the last decade, national borders have been breached by globalization and certain crops are no longer being cultivated. In this context, food importing countries and private investors have become key players in a world of globalized agriculture. According to Oxfam, land equivalent to six times the size of Germany has been sold or leased in Asia and Africa in the last ten years.

Securing access to food is a logical, vital and ancestral objective for food importing countries. The problem lies in the nature of these financial transactions which could well be assimilated to land grabbing. Michael Kugelman, a Senior Associate of Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, signed an edifying paper on ‘The Global Farms Race' for the New York Times1 , which denounces this controversial trend and its consequences on food security.

The lack of technological transfer, lack of job creation, lack of transparency and clear regulations, the political instability and the commoditization of global agriculture, are as many factors that have exacerbate the destabilizing effects of unregulated large-scale land acquisitions.

These unregulated transactions, which fuel corruption and political and social instability, will go on escalating, says Michael Kugelman, under demographic pressure, and as a result of the ever-increasing demand for food and energy, and the volatile price of raw materials.

Agricultural investments are crucial for developing countries, but these investments need to be properly regulated and greater transparency is called for. Failing this, these transactions would be akin to land grabbing to the detriment of food security for the host country.

In order to ensure sustainable and ethical investments, agricultural markets worldwide and not only in developing countries, will have to set up a global governance for agriculture and food security, one which will implement efficient economic tools to regulate transactions. As Michael Kugelman points out, this is vital for safeguarding the patrimony of farmland in host countries, and more globally the patrimony of farmland worldwide.

1 Click on this link to view the complete article in English: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/opinion/the-global-farmland-rush.html?_r=0
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