Olivier de Schutter

« N’attendons des Ogm aucun miracle »

Il faut être extrêmement attentif à ce que la dimension Nord-Sud n’en vienne pas à occulter ce qui, dans ce phénomène, constitue la dimension principale : le risque de tension entre les intérêts des élites des pays hôtes des investissements et ceux des communautés locales que ces investissements affecteront le plus directement dans leurs moyens d’existence – petits paysans, populations indigènes, éleveurs de bétail.

Outsourcing agriculture to poor countries

"The big fear I have and which many people have is that these foreign investments shall increase the gap between the happy few large-scale producers who will benefit and the vast majority of small-scale producers who will be further marginalized," says Olivier de Schutter

Disciplining large-scale land acquisitions or leases

A multilateral framework would not only improve the protection of the human rights of the local population concerned; it could also avoid beggar-thy-neighbour policies, with countries competing against each other for foreign direct investment and thus lowering the requirements imposed on foreign investors.