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Title:Appraising large scale land deals in Ethiopia: food security perspective
Author:Kefyalew, Bereket Abayneh
Periodical:Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society (ISSN 2336-3274)
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:land acquisition
food security
External link:https://uni.uhk.cz/africa/index.php/ModAfr/article/view/136/112
Abstract:Food security has been a problem of developing countries. Recently it has also become a policy priority of some wealthy nations, notably after the 2008 economic crisis. Large scale agricultural land investment, which is referred to as land grabbing in critical literature, is being used partially as a solution to address food shortages besides, profit making. The paradox is how developing countries could be food secure while the investing countries are also driven by the same need. Africa is the main destination for those multinational companies for a variety of reasons. However, there is a debate on whether these agricultural investments are beneficial to the host countries or whether it is just land grabbing. The aim of this paper is to investigate the perceived benefit of agricultural land transactions for developing countries, precisely, in ensuring food security. National development policies are therefore key elements to be analysed in light of food security priorities. Ethiopia illustrates the impact of large scale land transactions on food security by analysing those investment deals in relation to the national development policies and by applying theories that address both availability and the accessibility of food. This analysis contributes to identifying whether large scale land investments have a positive contribution towards achieving food security and ending the dependence of developing countries? The article argues that large scale land investments hardly meet food security in Ethiopia, largely, due to the export oriented agricultural development policy of the government. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]