United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development Innovation Briefs: Issue 8

Publication Year: 2010 Publisher: UNDESA


Foreign land purchases for agriculture: what impact on sustainable development?

Private investors and governments have recently stepped up foreign investment in farmlandin the form of purchases or long-term lease of large tracks of arable land, notably in Africa. This brief examines the implications of this trend for sustainable development.