Tägliche Archive: 11. Juli 2013

Farming money: How European banks and private finance profit from food speculation and land grabs

This research finds that both food speculation and the financing of land grabs are issues with great significance for Europe. It appears that a broad list of EU-based private financial institutions – banks, pension funds and insurance companies – are involved in trading or marketing investment products based on agricultural commodity futures or other agricultural commodity derivatives and complex instruments. A significant number of financial institutions across Europe appear to also be involved in financing land grabs directly or indirectly.

Brussels (Belgium), January 2012 / 44 pages

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Stolen land – Stolen future : a report on land grabbing in Cambodia

The focus of this report is land grabbing in Cambodia. It is based on APRODEV Agencies experience from many years of development work. The report documents how affected communities have lost their livelihoods because of land grabbing by national and international business corporations. Local communities have not been consulted and they have received little or no compensation for their loss. The communities have been evicted from their land and have faced systematic human rights violations.

Brussel (Belgium), December 2011 / 23 pages

A Thirst for Distant Lands: Foreign investment in agricultural land and water

This paper focuses on the renewed interest in purchasing or leasing land, and securing water rights for agricultural production; it does not focus on other forms of foreign investment in agriculture. In Sections 2 and 3, it identifies the key drivers behind the recent surge in these investments, and examines prevailing trends in reported land contracts. In Section 4, the range of legal issues. associated with these types of contracts, including in relation to domestic law, the international investment contracts and international investment agreements, is identified.

Winnipeg (Canada), May 2009 / 26 pages