Foreign direct investment in land in West Africa

The status quo, lessons from other regions, implications for research

Fleur Stephanie Wouterse, Klaus Deininger, Harris Selod, Ousmane Badiane, Johan F.M. Swinnen, Joachim von Braun, David Zilberman
wcao thematic research note
2011

The long-term imbalances between supply and demand and international trade changes that triggered the recent crises in global food markets are also fueling a spike in overseas investments in agricultural land. Africa is a major destination of investment flows because it has the largest reserves of arable land.