Foreign investment in farmland: No low-hanging fruit

Deutsche Bank | 13 November 2012

A DB research report

Author: Claire Schaffnit-Chatterjee

There is a global rush for land. Since 2000, recorded agricultural transactions involving foreign investors amount to 83 million hectares of land in developing countries – 1.7% of the world's agricultural area – although only half of these data are considered reliable. Most of the targeted countries are poor with weak land governance, have high yield gaps and good accessibility. Two-thirds of the targeted farmland is located in Africa, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

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