Ethiopia: Are “land grab” deals a path to food security?

The push by multinational corporations and foreign governments in recent years to obtain fertile land in African countries such as Ethiopia, Madagascar and Tanzania has spurred debate over whether the move will lead to development or is simply a “land grab” that further threatens the continent’s food security. In Ethiopia, farmland is being bought or leased on an immense scale. The country has approved 815 foreign-financed agricultural projects since 2007. Meanwhile, Ethiopia, with over 85 million people, remains one of the hungriest countries in the world. Some 2.8 million people are currently in need of food aid. But the government is convinced that mechanised agriculture is important to reach development goals. Up to now, little is understood about the impact of these land deals. Read more here.


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