Investors should work with farmers, not grab their land

Farmers protesting for land reform in Indonesia, 2004 (Photo: Jonathan McIntosh)

While not all large-scale land acquisitions can be defined as land grabbing, research by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) shows they carry risks for local communities and their environment, especially in countries where governance is weak and land rights unclear. Displacement of small farmers, loss of incomes and livelihoods for rural people and depletion of productive resources are all reported, with consequences including increased poverty and food insecurity, social fragmentation and conflicts.

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