This book examines environmental sustainability and inclusive economic growth, providing in-depth analysis of foreign direct investment (FDI) in large-scale agriculture in Ethiopia.
In most African states, arable land and other natural resources play a pivotal role for economic growth and development. Ethiopia is one of those countries where agriculture is the backbone of the economy. This sector has also been an attraction for FDI in Sub-Saharan Africa since the global food and financial crisis of 2007 and 2008. This book uses six foreign investments in large-scale agriculture as case studies to examine current Ethiopian policies, the patterns of investment they promote, how these impact on land-based resources and communities’ wellbeing. Presenting analyses of the economic, social and political realities of foreign direct investment in the local context, Foreign Direct Investment in Large-Scale Agriculture in Africa discusses how the fundamental principles of pro-poor and environmentally sustainable investments intersect with the government’s ambition to advance Ethiopia’s development agenda.
This book will be of interest to scholars and students of African economics and sustainable development, African policy makers, intergovernmental organisations as well as multilateral and bilateral development partners.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. The Knowledge Base of FDI 3. FDI and Agriculture 4. Research Methodology 5. History and Nature of FDI in Ethiopian Agriculture 6. Ethiopian Policies, Strategies and Institutions that Promote FDI in Large-Scale Agriculture 7. Description of the Case Study Projects and the Communities 8. Analysis and Reflection 9. Conclusions and Recommendations
Atkeyelsh G. M. Persson is a Programme Management Officer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Ethiopia.