The Global Farms Race (Hardcover)
Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security
Island Press, 9781610911863, 248pp.
Publication Date: October 4, 2012
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The debate over large-scale land acquisition is typically polarized, with critics lambasting it as a form of “neocolonialism,” and proponents lauding it as an elixir for the poor yields, inefficient technology, and unemployment plaguing global agriculture. The Global Farms Race instead offers diverse perspectives, featuring contributions from agricultural investment consultants, farmers’ organizations, international NGOs, and academics. The book addresses historical context, environmental impacts, and social effects, and covers all the major geographic areas of investment.
Nearly 230 million hectares of farmland—an area equivalent to the size of Western Europe—have been sold or leased since 2001, with most of these transactions occurring since 2008. As the deals continue to increase, it is imperative for anyone concerned with food security to understand them and their consequences. The Global Farms Race is a critical resource to develop that understanding.
About the Author
Michael Kugelmanis Senior Program Associate for South and Southeast Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Susan L. Levenstein is Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Praise For The Global Farms Race: Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security…
— Christian Science Monitor
— Jose Graziano da Silva, Director General, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
— Lester Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute
— Rosamond Naylor, Professor and William Wrigley Senior Fellow, Freeman-Spogli Institute
— Paul Roberts, author of "The End of Food"
— Springer Science + Business Media
— Food Security