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The global farms race

Submitted by Teresa Buerkle on December 5, 2012

Washington’s Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars yesterday hosted a panel discussion to launch a new book, The Global Farms Race — Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security, edited by Wilson Center Senior Program Associate for South and Southeast Asia Michael Kugelman and Susan L. Levenstein, Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Contributors come from diverse backgrounds that include agricultural consulting, academia, farmers’ advocacy groups, and international organizations. The book begins with thematic chapters that examine the historic rise of large-scale land deals, as well as contributions focusing on their impacts. It then offers regional perspectives from practitioners on the ground in the parts of the world hosting the majority of the farmland investments—Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union.

The report contains an overview chapter by David Hallam, Director of FAO’s Trade and Markets Division.

Read more and watch the webcast of the launch below:

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