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Foreign Direct Investment in Agriculture
  • Autoren: Jan Schüpbach
  • Herausgeber: NADEL - Postgraduate Course on Developing Countries

  • Foreign Direct Investment in Agriculture
  • The Impact of Outgrower Schemes and Large-Scale Farm Employment on Economic Well-Being in Zambia
  • Developing Countries, Food Production, Zambia, Sugar Industry, Sub-Saharan Africa

    Foreign direct investment in agriculture and land has increased substantially since the 2007–2008 food price crisis. However, there is a severe lack of quantitative evidence on its economic impact. Therefore, the primary goal of this study was to collect and analyze empirical evidence, in order to better understand the potential benefits and pitfalls of such investments and related processes of agricultural commercialization.

    In particular, the study tests the effect of two strategies for including smallholder farmers into modern food supply chains:

    • Outgrower schemes, i.e. a type of contract farming whereby smallscale farmers produce crops for large-scale farming enterprises
    • Wage employment on large-scale estates


    The central part of the study looks at one specific investment project in the Zambian sugar cane sector. This sectoral focus was supplemented by a broader, cross sectoral analysis of a large, nationally representative panel survey.

    Overall, the evidence suggests that large-scale investments by foreign as well as domestic companies, and especially the model of cooperation with smallholder farmers in outgrower schemes, can indeed have positive and significant effects on the income and wealth of rural households.

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  • Auflage: 1., 2015
  • Seiten: 172 Seiten
  • Abbildungen: zahlreiche Darstellungen, farbig
  • Format in cm: 17,0 x 24,0
  • Einbandart: PDF
  • ISBN: 978-3-7281-3720-3
  • DOI: 10.3218/3720-3
  • Sprache: Deutsch
  • Lieferstatus: lieferbar

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