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Africa has often been described as the 'forgotten continent' but dramatic changes have occurred in African agribusiness over the last ten years. On the one hand, the greatest transfer of land ownership since the colonial era continues apace. These deals are sometimes seen as a land grab, or new form of colonialism. On the other hand this new investment and the involvement of large scale agribusiness also offers the potential of bringing new technologies and techniques to the region. Could this technology transfer help Africa to replicate the Brazilian ‘miracle’?The wider agricultural community, more familiar with tales of feuds and famine in Africa, has largely overlooked many of these changes, but this paper argues that it behoves the Agribusiness community to understand what is happening, and to ask: is it time for Agribusinesses to invest in Africa?

Keywords: land grab ; Africa ; land ownership ; development ; agribusiness

Editor(s): IFAMR, IFAMA

Subject(s): Agribusiness

Crop Production/Industries

Food Security and Poverty

Labor and Human Capital

Resource /Energy Economics and Policy

Risk and Uncertainty

Issue Date: May 01 2012

Publication Type: Journal Article

DOI and Other Identifiers: (ISSN #: 1559-2448) (Other)

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/127158 Published in: International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Volume 15, Issue 2 Page range: 171-177

Total Pages: 17

JEL Codes: Q10

Note: land grab, Africa, land ownership, development, agribusiness

Series Statement: Volume 15

Issue 2

Record appears in: International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) > International Food and Agribusiness Management Review





Author: Connolly, Aidan J. ; Phillips-Connolly, Kate ; Lyons, Mark

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/127158?ln=en







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