Commercial pressures on land in Asia: an overview
This paper by International Land Coalition looks into the impact of new agricultural investments on land tenure and food security especially for rural communities, women and indigenous peoples, as well as the environment.
This paper looks into the impact of new agricultural investments on land tenure and food security especially for rural communities, women and indigenous peoples, as well as the environment. This study is a desktop review of existing literature and a synthesis of case studies done by International Land Coalition members in Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, India, and the Philippines. Most of the data on domestic investments, characteristics of land deals and implications are taken from the case studies. The paper posits that private sector investments in agriculture have been increasing in Asia, encouraged by policies adopted by many Asian governments with the view of improving local agriculture, the economy, and reducing poverty. This is evident in the growth of foreign direct investments in South, East and Southeast Asia, and the steady rise of trade within Asia’s borders exemplified by the conception of Free Trade Agreements.
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