Global strategies of firms and the financialization of agriculture

Anseeuw Ward, Roda Jean-Marc, Ducastel Antoine, Kamaruddin Norfaryanti. 2017. Global strategies of firms and the financialization of agriculture. In : Sustainable development and tropical agri-chains. Biénabe Estelle (ed.), Rival Alain (ed.), Loeillet Denis (ed.). Dordrecht : Springer, pp. 321-337. ISBN 978-94-024-1015-0

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Abstract : A sustained growth of investment in the agricultural sector is being observed the world over. Some of these investment strategies, which rely on financial mechanisms such as private equity or shareholding structures, directly involve the financialization of agriculture. On the one hand, this financialization is a consequence of the new trends of globalization of the agricultural sector and value chains, more particularly of the need for capitalization and risk management. On the other hand, it in turn reshapes the sector and its value chains. The first part of this chapter intends to explore these dynamics by describing this process of financialization in practice based on two case studies, one in Africa and the other in Asia. The chapter then presents the drivers of financialization, its real spread into agriculture, as well as its implications in terms of integration and advanced verticalization, and of corporatization of agriculture. These dynamics form the basis for new issues concerning the structuring of the sector and its capacity to act towards sustainable development. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Financement, Investissement, Agriculture, Secteur agricole, Entreprise, Développement durable, Changement structurel, Secteur économique, Politique économique, Politique de l'environnement, Histoire, Agro-industrie, Étude de cas, Zone tropicale, Pays en développement

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Monde, Asie, Afrique

Mots-clés complémentaires : Filière, Globalisation, Stratégie, Filière agro-alimentaire, Filière bois

Mots-clés libres : Firms, Agribusiness, Finance, Financialization, Agriculture, Sustainable development, Environmental policy, Economic policy, Strategy, Globalization

Classification Agris : E21 - Agro-industry
E13 - Investment, finance and credit
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
E14 - Development economics and policies

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 5 (2014-2018) - Action publique pour le développement

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