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Land grabbing in developing countries is subject of von Braun talk, Oct. 8

Oct 8, 2009 (All day)
Robertson Hall
Bowl 016
Open to the Public

Joachim von Braun, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will present a public talk titled "Land Grabbing by Foreign Investors in Developing Countries: The Causes and What to Do" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus.

Land and water become more and more scarce as a result of increased demand for agricultural products and due to climate change. That scarcity pushes up the value of these resources and leads to malfunctioning of markets for land and water in developing countries, as rights of use and access are often not well defined. This trend accelerated in the context of the food price crisis of 2007–8 and the financial crisis of 2008-9 and is now demonstrated in the proliferating acquisition of farmland in developing countries by other countries seeking to ensure their food supplies. These land acquisitions raise concerns about the impacts on poor local people, who risk losing access to and control over land on which they depend but also have the potential to inject much-needed investment into agriculture and rural areas in poor developing countries. It is crucial to ensure designs of these land deals, and the environment within which they take place, in ways that will reduce the threats and facilitate the opportunities for all parties involved. Joachim von Braun, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute, will discuss these issues.

Von Braun has been director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute since 2002. He guides and oversees the Institute's efforts to provide research-based sustainable solutions for ending hunger, malnutrition and poverty throughout the world. Under his leadership, IFPRI has significantly expanded its teams based in Africa, Asia, and Latin America in response to research challenges and partners' needs.

IFPRI is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Within the CGIAR, von Braun has helped to organize the creation of a Global Food and Agriculture University, and chairs a platform on agriculture and health.

Before coming to IFPRI, von Braun was director of the Center for Development Research and professor of Economics and Technological Change at the University of Bonn. He was also professor of Food Economics and Policy at Kiel University in Germany.

He has published research on international development economics topics, including science and technology; on policy issues relating to trade and aid, famine, health, and nutrition; and on a wide range of agricultural economics research issues. von Braun has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, Egypt, Russia, and China.

This event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is free and open to the public.

Joachim von Braun, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)