A recent wave of large-scale land deals for plantation agriculture in low- and middle-income countries has fostered lively debates about development pathways and policy options to promote agricultural development in such countries. It has also fostered widespread demand for practical guidance on how to tackle the difficult issues involved in developing investments that respond to both local aspirations and commercial concerns.
This Analytical Paper explores legacy land issues as they affect agribusiness investments in low- and middle-income countries. It also develops a framework for understanding and addressing legacy land issues in agribusiness investments – exploring what these issues are, how they can be identified and what measures can be taken to address them. The paper draws on interviews with experts from different backgrounds, analysis of relevant international instruments and case studies of practical experience of tackling legacy land issues.
By Lorenzo Cotula, Thierry Berger and Philippine Sutz