"Production Grabbing": New Investors and Investment Models in Agriculture

Journal title QA Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria
Author/s Ward Anseeuw, Antoine Ducastel
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2013/2 Language Italian
Pages 19 P. 37-55 File size 464 KB
DOI 10.3280/QU2013-002002
DOI is like a bar code for intellectual property: to have more infomation click here

Below, you can see the article first page

If you want to buy this article in PDF format, you can do it, following the instructions to buy download credits

Article preview

FrancoAngeli is member of Publishers International Linking Association, Inc (PILA), a not-for-profit association which run the CrossRef service enabling links to and from online scholarly content.

This paper details profound agrarian restructurings related to new agricultural investment models. These models, promoted by macro-actors such as banking corporations; investment funds; asset management companies and agricultural engineering companies, often foreign to the agricultural sector, integrate the primary agricultural production within totally integrated, finance-value-chains. Macroactors oversee, control and own the entire process (supply of inputs, monitoring of the harvest, hedge and sale of the production) whereas independent farmers become "service-providers" of these institutions and in several cases do not even own the land. The paper analyses the agricultural production models being developed in South Africa, their implications for the country’s agricultural development trajectories and for the status of the independent farmer in South Africa. EconLit Classification: F230, Q150, Q180

Keywords: South Africa, Investment, FDI, Corporization, Agriculture

  1. Anseeuw W., Alden Wily L., Cotula L., Taylor M. (2012a), «Land Rights and the Rush for Land», International Land Coalition, Rome, Research Report.
  2. Anseeuw W., Boche, Breu T., Giger M., Lay J., Messerli P., Nolte K. (2012b), «Transnational Land Deals for Agriculture in the Global South. Analytical Report Based on the Land Matrix Database», Bern/Montpellier/Hamburg, CDE/CIRAD/GIGA, Research Report.
  3. Boche M., Anseeuw W., Kapuya T., Aubin S., Sunga, I. (2012a). «Global Land Deals: Land Based Investment Models and Agrarian Restructuration in Southern Africa», Cornell University, Conference “Global Land Grabbing II”, New York, Ithaca, 17-19 October.
  4. Boche M., Nolte K., Anseeuw W., Giger M., Lay J., Messerli P. (2012b), «Land Under Pressure  The State of Large-Scale land Acquisitions in the World», Conference “Planet Under Pressure”, London, 26-29 March.
  5. Borras S., Kay C., Lahiff E. (eds.) (2008), Market-Led Agrarian Reform: Critical Reflections on Neoliberal Land Policies and the Rural Poor, Routledge, London.
  6. Bosc P.M., Losch B. (2002), «Les agricultures familiales africaines face à la mondialisation », OCL, 9, 6, pp. 402-408.
  7. Cotula L., Vermeulen S. (2009), «Deal or no Deal: The Outlook for Agricultural Land Investment in Africa». International Affairs, 85, 6, pp. 1233-1247.
  8. Cotula L., Vermeulen S., Leonard R., Keeley J. (2009), «Land Grab or Development Opportunity? Agricultural Investment and International Land Deals in Africa», IIED/FAO/IFAD, London/Rome, Research Report.
  9. De Janvry A. (2009). «Agriculture for Development: New Paradigm and Option for Success», Agricultural Economics, 41, Issue Supplement s1, pp. 17-36.
  10. De Schutter O. (2010), «Spéculation agricole et flambée des prix alimentaires. Réguler pour réduire les risques de volatilité», Note d’information du Rapporteur special sur le droit à l’alimentation, Septembre.
  11. Devèze J.C. (2008), Défis Agricoles Africains, Karthala-AFD, Paris.
  12. Ducastel A. (2010), «La restructuration du secteur agricole en Afrique du sud», Université Paris I – La Sorbonne, Paris, CIAHPD, Mémoire de Master 2.
  13. Ducastel A., Anseeuw W. (2011), «Le “production grabbing” et la transnationalisation de l’agriculture (sud-) africaine», Transcontinentales, 10/11, available on line: http://transcontinentales.revues.org/1080 (last access: 19 March 2013).
  14. Greenberg S. (2010), «Status Report on Land and Agricultural Policy in South Africa», Cape Town, PLAAS, Research Report.
  15. HLPE (2011), Price Volatility and Food Security, High Level Panel of Expert’s Report on Price Volatility, FAO, Rome.
  16. Huggins C. (2011), «Commercial Pressure on Land in Its Historical Perspective», Research Report, Commercial Pressures on Land, ILC, Rome.
  17. Kilmer R.L. (1986), «Vertical Integration in Agricultural and Food Marketing», American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 68, 5, pp. 1155-1160.
  18. Losch B., Fréguin-Gresh S., White E.T. (2010), «Structural Dimensions of Liberalisation on Agriculture and Rural Development. A Cross-Regional Analysis on Rural Change», Synthesis Report of the Ruralstruc Program, The World Bank, Washington, June.
  19. Neveu A. (2001), Financer l’agriculture. Quels systèmes bancaires pour quelles agricultures?, Ed. Charles Léopold Mayer, Paris.
  20. Oakland Institute (2011), «Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa», Research Report, Oakland Institute, Oakland.
  21. OECD (2009), Measuring Aid to Agriculture, OECD-DAC, Paris, November, available on line: www.oecd.org/ dac/stats/agriculture – http://transcontinentales. revues.org/1080 (last access: 18 March 2013).
  22. OECD (2010), Afrique: Priorité à l’agriculture», OCDE, Paris, available on line: www.oecd.org/agriculture – http://transcontinentales.revues.org/1080 (last access: 16 March 2013).
  23. OXFAM (2010), «D’un G8 à l’autre: suivi des engagements de l’Aquila sur la sécurité alimentaire, OXFAM-France, Note d’information, Paris, 24 Juin.
  24. Palley T.I. (2007), «Financialization: What It Is and Why It Matters», The Levy Economics Institute and Economics for Democratic and Open Societies, Washington, Dc, Working Paper, 525.
  25. Rabobank (2012), «New Models of Farming in Argentina», Research Report, Amsterdam, Rabobank.
  26. Reardon T., Christopher B., Barret C.B., Berdegue A., Swinnen J.F.M. (2009), «Agrifood Industry Transformation and Small Farmers in Developing Countries», World Development, 37, 11, pp. 1717-1727.
  27. Swinnen J., Maertens M. (2007), «Globalisation, Privatisation, and Vertical Coordination in Food Value Chains in Developing and Transition Countries», Agricultural Economics, 37, 1, pp. 89-102.
  28. UNCTAD (2009), «Rapport sur l’investissement dans le monde: sociétés transnationales, production agricole et développement en 2009», Rapport – Vue d’ensemble, UNCTAD, New York et Geneve.
  29. Vidal J., Prevost C. (2011), «US Universities in Africa “land grab”», Guardian UK, 8 June, available on line: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/08/ usuniversities-africa-land-grab Vink N., Kirsten J. (2000), Deregulation of Agricultural Marketing in South Africa: Lessons Learned, The Free Market Foundation, Sandton, Monograph 25.
  30. Williamson O.E. (1985), The Economic Institutions of Capitalism, Free Press, New York.
  31. World Bank (2010), «Rising Global Interest in framland. Can It Yield Sustainable and Equitable Benefits?», Research Report, Washington, Dc.

  • Value chain financing: evidence from Zambia on smallholder access to finance for mechanization Susanna Levina Middelberg Susanna Levina Middelberg, in Enterprise Development & Microfinance /2017 pp.112
    DOI: 10.3362/1755-1986.16-00027
  • Correre per la terra Giuseppe Caridi, in ARCHIVIO DI STUDI URBANI E REGIONALI 110/2015 pp.137
    DOI: 10.3280/ASUR2014-110009

Ward Anseeuw, Antoine Ducastel, "Production grabbing": new investors and investment models in agriculture in "QA Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria" 2/2013, pp 37-55, DOI: 10.3280/QU2013-002002