The Global Farms Race: Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security

by Kristina Byrne on August 20, 2012

As we struggle to feed a global population speeding toward 9 billion, we have entered a new phase of the food crisis. Wealthy countries that import much of their food, along with private investors, are racing to buy or lease huge swaths of farmland abroad. The Global Farms Race is the first book to examine this burgeoning trend in all its complexity, considering the implications for investors, host countries, and the world as a whole.


Michael Kugelman and Susan L. Levenstein assemble the diverse perspectives of agricultural investment consultants, farmers’ organizations, international NGOs, and academics to frame the debate over large-scale land acquisition. The book addresses historical context, environmental impacts, and social effects, and covers all the major geographic areas of investment.

Island Press is offering a 25% discount on the soft copy to the SSF community!  Enter discount code AGRACE and order  yours today!  The offer ends on October 31, 2012.

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