Proceedings from the April 21, 2011 Roundtable Discussion on Land Access and Responsible Agribusiness Investment

USAID and MCC elected to convene this discussion because identifying common ground among various sides of the debate around land acquisition is difficult. There are divided views on the issue, even among different stakeholder groups, such as civil society and private sector. Objectives: 1) Bring together various actors around one table; 2) Move discussion forward; Large-scale acquisition mistakes occurred; need to respect local rights, need of private sector to protect investments, large scale and small investors; limit predation; 3) meet concerns of civil society in participatory fashion; 4) To achieve the right balance of investment and rights protection to achieve food security, an important Millennium Development goal.

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