The Land Rush: A Fact Sheet on Commercial Land Acquisitions in Developing Countries

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Historical Context:
Throughout much of the developing world, more than a billion poor people lack legal rights to 
the land they farm. Increasingly, many are at risk of losing their land due to a recent uptick in 
land acquisitions and seizures by private sector interests and governments.
The current land rush is essentially a third wave of outsourcing.
• The first wave, in the 70s and 80s, sent manufacturers scrambling to lower wage 
• The second wave involved the outsourcing of white collar service jobs primarily to India 
and other English-speaking, low-wage countries. 
• Now a third outsourcing wave is sending investors to under-developed nations to buy up 
farmland. The reasons for surging demand for farmland are varied – they include rising 
food and energy prices and the increasing attractiveness of farmland as an asset class for 
Most of these farmland acquisitions are occurring in low-income and middle-income countries, 
often in settings where land property rights are weak, unclear, and poorly governed – creating 
enormous risks for poor people, investors, and governments.

About rictandag @rictandag @LVHelpGro Returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Tandag, Surigao del Sur, Republic of the Philippines 1979-1980; Financial Management training Program [FMP], G.E., Appliance Park, Louisville, Kentucky 1981-1982 Champion [two days] Jeopardy 1986 Attorney, Los Angeles, CA 1989-1995 Disabiility Rights Attorney,, Las Vegas 1998-1999 Immigration Asylum Attorney, throughout the State of Kansas 1999-2001 Supply Logistics Specialist, UPS Las Vegas, 2006- present [business] advocate for: [Gawad Kalinga, tagalog for "to give care"]
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