Foreign Acquisitions of Land in Developing Countries. Risks, Opportunities and New Actors

Journal title QA Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria
Author/s Nadia Cuffaro, Giorgia Giovannetti, Salvatore Monni
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2013/2
Language Italian Pages 28 P. 9-36 File size 433 KB
DOI 10.3280/QU2013-002001
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The Special Issue focuses on the recent wave of foreign acquisitions of land in developing countries and provides. This essay article reviews the debate, providing an overview of the extent, patterns and origin of investments, and contextualizing the various contributions included in the issue. The main sections are devoted to the determinants of FDI, including the balance between risks and benefits of land internalization, the opportunities and risks of land acquisitions and regulation. The deals involve land usually on a very large scale and predominantly in the context of complex and unclear structures of property rights; weak stakeholders may have insufficient "voice" vis-à-vis their governments; governments may have weak planning and regulatory abilities. The possible risks of increasing investments are associated with property rights and potential dispossession of vulnerable land users, land concentration and lack of transparency in the contracts. EconLit Classification: Q150, F230, O190

Keywords: FDI, Land grabbing, Property rights

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Nadia Cuffaro, Giorgia Giovannetti, Salvatore Monni, Foreign acquisitions of land in developing countries. Risks, opportunities and new actors in "QA Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria" 2/2013, pp 9-36, DOI: 10.3280/QU2013-002001