Global Development and Environment Institute | October 2018
Trade agreements and the land: Investment agreements and their potential impacts on land governance
by Rachel Thrasher, Dario Bevilacqua, Jeronim Capaldo
In an increasingly well-known phenomenon, state-owned and private corporations, as well as private investors of agricultural land have purchased or (where land is not sale-able) acquired long-term leases on large swathes of land for food and biofuel production (Smaller and Mann 2009). These transactions generally involve investors from the United States, the European Union, Arab or wealthy Asian states. The target countries, by contrast, are found in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern European countries in the former USSR (Saturnino et al. 2011; Smaller and Mann 2009).
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