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Agri­cul­tural invest­ment and the land rush

Making Agricultural Investment Work for Africa: A parliamentarian response to the land rush

 

Midrand, South Africa

11-14 August 2014

Since 2011, the Pan African Parliament (PAP), in cooperation with the regional parliaments, launched a campaign to raise awareness about large-scale investment in land, entitled Making Agricultural Investment Work for Africa: a parliamentarian’s response to the land rush. The Southern regional meeting is the last of the series and will be jointly organised with the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF).

The event includes a Southern Africa Regional Parliamentary Seminar and a Speakers’ Conference. Attendance is by invitation only.

About the seminar

On 11 – 12 August 2014, parliamentarians of the Southern African Development Community-Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) and the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) will debate strategies to ensure that foreign investment in agriculture brings benefits to local populations, including strengthening citizens’ land rights, food security and employment opportunities.

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Background - Agricultural Investment and the Land Rush

In August 2014, the Southern Africa event Making Agricultural Investment Work for Africa: A parliamentarian response to the land rush is the last in a series of events organised by the Pan African Parliament.

African countries and institutions, such as the African Union, African Development Bank, UN Economic Commission for Africa, New Partnership for Africa’s Development, the Land Policy Initiative and others, have clearly recognised the urgent need to increase public and private investment to the agriculture sector to improve food security and rural livelihoods.

For information on the other events in this series, visit the IISD website.

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