Agricultural commercialisation contracts: concessions over people?

October 2014
IIED Briefing

Recent actual and expected changes in global agricultural commodity prices have fostered a renewed business interest in tropical agriculture. Agricultural commercialisation concessions (ACCs) are contracts between governments and agribusiness companies allowing the company to supply inputs, purchase farm produce and also sometimes run processing operations and/or provide storage, marketing and distribution services in a given geographical area. ACCs could provide new livelihood opportunities, however certain features of the contractual processes and clauses raise concerns that they are concluded with little consultation and grant companies monopoly rights. IIED is following ACC development closely, although most contracts are not publicly available and confidentiality restrictions apply. Discusses some of the issues at stake with the aim of promoting awareness and public debate.