Large-scale land and water acquisitions: What implications for food security?

Anseeuw Ward, Hertzog-Adamczewski Amandine, Jamin Jean-Yves, Farolfi Stefano. 2019. Large-scale land and water acquisitions: What implications for food security?. In : Food systems at risk. New trends and challenges. Dury Sandrine (ed.), Bendjebbar Pauline (ed), Hainzelin Etienne (ed.), Giordano Thierry (ed.), Bricas Nicolas (ed.). Rome : CIRAD-FAO, pp. 67-69. ISBN 978-2-87614-751-5

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Abstract : Since 2007, the world has seen a rush towards natural resources, particularly land as well as water. It resulted from a convergence of the 2007- 2008 food price crisis in a context of growing populations and changing diets, and the search for alternatives to financial investment products. Although data is scarce, recent estimates show that about 42 million hectares have been acquired (Nolte, Chamberlain and Giger, 2016). Contrary to what is often highlighted, these lands are not the most marginal, underused and unowned, but are close to other resources, especially water, as well as infrastructure (roads and transport) and services. This means the resource acquisition phenomenon is embedded in a complex matrix of resources and processes which is increasingly under pressure. That said, attention has so far mainly been sectoral, focused on land issues and neglecting this interconnectedness. However, the water implications of these land deals are starting to surface.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : acquisition des terres, Utilisation des terres, Utilisation intensive des terres, gestion des ressources naturelles, Conservation de l'eau, Sécurité alimentaire

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Monde

Classification Agris : E11 - Land economics and policies
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
P10 - Water resources and management

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