The role of foreign investment in Ethiopia’s smallholder-focused agricultural development strategy

April 2011
Tom Lavers (Land Deal Politics Initiative Working Paper 2)

Examines political and social dynamics of foreign agricultural investment in Ethiopia. Concludes that this expansion is part of a government move towards an export-led development strategy, so the micro-benefits come at the cost of increased risks to those living in the vicinity of new investments, particularly politically marginalised pastoralist populations.