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The European Union and the rush for farmlands of southern countries

[ L'Union européenne et la ruée vers les terres agricoles des pays du sud ]

Volume 13, Issue 4, December 2015, Pages 846–853

 The European Union and the rush for farmlands of southern countries


1 Faculté des sciences juridiques économiques et sociales - Souissi, Université Mohamed V - Rabat, Morocco

Original language: French

Received 15 April 2015

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In recent years, the expansion of the international investments in farmlands, commonly known as "land grabbing", lead the European Union to play a major role in this new process. The strong involvement of European investors would not take place without the existence of incentive policies covering several areas ranging from renewable energy, investment, trade, agriculture and aid programs. However, starting from the analysis of these policies coherence for development, we should admit that these policies guidelines contradict the commitments made by the Union within the framework of initiatives and programs against poverty and hunger in the world, in the fact that these investments lead to the displacement and dispossession of rural communities from their land and, therefore, from their livelihoods.

Author Keywords: land grabbing, incentive policies, coherence for development, poverty, food security, smallholder agriculture, rural communities.

Abstract: (french)

L'expansion, ces dernières années, des investissements internationaux dans les terres agricoles, communément appelés « accaparement de terres » ou « land grabbing », ont fait de l'Union européenne un acteur majeur dans ce nouveau processus. La forte implication des investisseurs européens n'aurait avoir lieu sans l'existence de politiques incitatives couvrant plusieurs domaines allant de l'énergie renouvelable, l'investissement, le commerce, l'agriculture et les programmes d'aides. Cependant, et en partant de l'analyse de la cohérence de ces politiques aux objectifs de développement, force est de constater que leurs orientations contredisent les engagements pris par l'Union dans le cadre des initiatives et programmes de lutte contre la pauvreté et la faim dans le monde, du fait que ces investissements entrainent le déplacement et la dépossession des communautés rurales de leurs terres, et donc de leur moyen de subsistance.

Author Keywords: accaparement des terres, politiques incitatives, cohérence pour le développement, pauvreté, sécurité alimentaire, agriculture de petites exploitations, communautés rurales.

How to Cite this Article

ABDELKRIM LHAFSSI, “The European Union and the rush for farmlands of southern countries,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 846–853, December 2015.