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The 21st Century African Land Rush

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This map illustrates the recent trend where private investors, firms and governments buy and lease farmland in order to meet rising demand for agrofuels, invest in their own food security and make a quick profit. The map outlines large land acquisitions in Africa and identifies key commodities driving land use change from 1990 to 2007. It is important to note that land grabs are not limited to Africa or the global South but take place in “developed” countries as well.

Christian Science Monitor

February 2012

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