Convoitises sur les terres agricoles mondiales. Les pays arabes au cœur du débat
New Medit, vol 9, n.3, (September 2010), pp. 70-75
Jel classification: Q15, R14
Land grabbing is a phenomenon which has been growing over the last decades in developing countries. However, the process is now experiencing a new thrust in terms of land surfaces and geographical areas and showing new traits (different aims of investors, South-South movement, reaction of the civil society, etc.). Arab countries, which strongly depend on food imports and suffer from natural constraints, are very active in the so-called rush for farmland especially after the food crisis of 2007-2008. In a context of increasing demand for foodstuffs and energy, with the worsening of hunger in the world and with the shortage of investments, this paper intends to make the point of this controversial phenomenon and to throw down the most important challenges relating to food security.
land grabbing, developing countries, land issue, rush for farmland, 2007-2008 food crisis, Near and Middle East, food security, world food governance