Responsible agricultural investments in developing countries

This discussion paper attempts to contribute to how to make future investment in agriculture responsible and efficient. Investment in agriculture is critical for global food provision, but in future it will have to compete with investment in land for raw materials and energy, such as various feedstocks for biofuel and biodiesel production. The competition for water will also increase in connection with large-scale investment in agriculture. In the context of a scarcity of water, the emerging competition between investment in land for food and for energy is linked to attainment of “peak oil” and the growing global concern with climate change. These developments are also reflected in the rise of food security and energy security to become primary global political priorities.