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Trends in foreign agricultural investment

The IAWG has published a series of studies that analyse trends in foreign agricultural investment to contribute to evidence-based policy-making and informed decisions on investment.
Important findings
  • Foreign agricultural investment has increased over the last decades, reaching a peak in the late 2000s, against the backdrop of the global food price crisis
  • While global agricultural FDI flows were lower recently (2013-2014) than in the aftermath of the food price crises of 2007-2008 and 2011-2012, their average level is still higher than in the early 2000s
  • Agricultural FDI outflows from developing countries have increased significantly since the global food price crisis of the late 2000s
Read more:
FAO. 2016. Trends in Foreign Direct Investment in Food, Beverages and Tobacco.
This paper analyses foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in food, beverages and tobacco, including primary agriculture and retail, from 2003 to 2014. It provides information on global, regional and – where possible – national trends in FDI flows in food, beverages and tobacco.
FAO. 2013. Trends and impacts of foreign investment in developing country agriculture – Evidence from case studies
This publication examines the trends in agricultural FDI and its economic, social and environmental benefits and risks at the national and local levels, as well as the determinants of these impacts.
UNCTAD. 2009. World Investment Report 2009. Transnational Corporations, Agricultural Production and Development.
The World Investment Report (WIR) provides information on global trends in FDI. This WIR also examines the role that transnational corporations (TNCs) play, and can play, in agricultural production in developing countries.