While investment in land from foreign investors has risen sharply in Africa, poor people have not always felt the benefits. While some jobs are undoubtedly created, it is difficult to assess the long term impacts of investments, many of which are in biofuels or export crops, on local people.
Prof Ian Scoones talks about Future Agriculture research on this topic in a documentary produced by the online station Free Speech Radio News, broadcast on 1 January 2013. The documentary (26 minutes) addresses the question of how land deals are affecting food production and food security worldwide, using the example of the situation in Kenya.
Scoones, I. Whose land is it anyway? Radio documentary. (2013)
Whose land is it anyway? Radio documentary