Land grabbing

Pascal Liu at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) tells us that land grabbing is on the increase. In this hungry world, with populations rising, Mr Liu says that people with money should work with resource-poor farmers. Not just exploit the land by buying it, selling it to each other, and letting it become unproductive.

Mr Liu points out that farmers are the largest investors in agriculture. But they’re also the majority of the world’s poor. There’s not enough infrastructure to support these important, expert people. Not enough education either. Resource-poor farmers are like sitting ducks, vulnerable to being used.

‘While not all large-scale land acquisitions can be defined as land grabbing, research by [FAO] shows they carry risks for local communities and their environment, especially in countries where governance is weak and land rights unclear. Displacement of small farmers, loss of incomes and livelihoods for rural people and depletion of productive resources are all reported, with consequences including increased poverty and food insecurity, social fragmentation and conflicts.’

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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