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Farmland investment and ‘green grab’ threatens food security

IPES-Food says that from 2005 to 2017, $45bn of institutional capital, including pension funds, insurance companies and endowments, was invested in farmland © Getty Images/iStockphoto
IPES-Food says that from 2005 to 2017, $45bn of institutional capital, including pension funds, insurance companies and endowments, was invested in farmland © Getty Images/iStockphoto

Increased financing in agricultural lands, including through carbon removal and offset schemes, is harming small-scale farmers, argue sustainable food experts

Growing investment from the financial sector, the use of land for carbon removal and offsetting schemes, mining projects and the “upscaling and consolidation” of farms threatens foods security and the lives and livelihoods of small-scale producers, says a report from the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.

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