What is inclusive agricultural growth? Agricultural investment, productivity and land rights in the context of large-scale investments

November 2014
PLAAS (Ruth Hall)

Reflections following the passing of the African Union’s Guiding Principles on Large-Scale Land-Based Investment, the culmination of policy processes over the past decade. Rising food prices reflect the systematic neglect of agriculture over a long period. We need indicators and monitoring, cannot rely on technology to resolve political problems, need a system-wide approach and to create opportunities for young people to build livelihoods in farming and throughout the agro-food system. Overwhelming evidence that large land deals have not delivered their promised benefits, especially jobs, so we need alternatives. Can Africa achieve agricultural growth that is inclusive? Yes, and it must!