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Land grab or development opportunity?

Following the food price crisis of 2008, leasing of land to foreign farming interests has boomed, and productivity in these foreign-owned fields is being transformed through irrigation and investment. But is this good news or bad in terms of tackling poverty?
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I did doctoral research on smallholder farming systems, and so hold different views. Farm fragmentation and rural settlement, lack of inputs, high labour demands, poor market structure, vagaries of weather, poor infrastructure etc turn farmers' goals
posted by: Ayub Chege (11:46:01 Wed 13th July 2011)

 

 

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