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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 316

“Water, energy, land and food security. The challenge of large-scale land acquisitions”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 ottobre 2014

01.07.2009 Venezia. Concerto di Andrea Bocelli. © Marco Parente/UnionpressVenezia Wednesday 5th November 2014 at 2 p.m. at IUAV University of Venice, Room A1, Palazzo Ca’ Tron, Santa Croce 1957 The seminar will address the water dimension of large-scale land acquisitions and the challenges in accounting for these land transactions with contributions from
Maria Cristina Rulli (Politecnico di Milano) “Water appropriation in large-scale land acquisitions” Ward Anseeuw (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
“Renewed interest for agriculture and the rush for land – Some perspectives on investment models, trends and data”Societal pressure on the global land and freshwater resources is increasing as a result of the rising food demand by the growing human population, dietary changes, and the enhancement of biofuel production induced by the rising oil prices and recent changes in United States and European Union bioethanol policies. Many countries and corporations have started to acquire relatively inexpensive and productive agricultural land located in foreign countries, as evidenced by the dramatic increase in the number of transnational land deals between 2005 and 2009. Large scale land acquisition is driven by a need for agricultural land. In many cases, however, the lack of adequate freshwater resources in the investor country is also a major contributing factor. The comprehensive evaluation of the water associated to large scale land deals provides an estimate of the freshwater removed from target countries through crops export. This phenomenon is of particularly concern because it affects countries prone to malnourishment and in which demographic pressure is dramatically increasing.
Since much of the focus on large-scale land acquisitions is predominantly political and ideological, different models and practices embedded in the phenomenon and, by consequence the diverse implications they imply, tend to be overlooked. In addition, practices are changing and evolving rapidly. The objective of this presentation is to give a more disaggregated assessment of investment models implemented and to analyze their differentiated implications and trends. It will also lead to some reflections on data and the changing role data pays within the framework of the phenomenon and its regulation.


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