Since the global food crises of 2007, smallholder farmers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples and other rural groups in many developing countries have seen their access to land, water and forest resources being threatened and reduced due to the acquisition of those resources by other actors – acquisitions that may have been promoted by state policies. Taking up the case of Ethiopia, this article aims to explore the implications of large-scale agricultural investments for local food security and the right to food. The article argues that in the context of the recent and ongoing large-scale agricultural investments driven primarily by the state, the interpretation and realisation of the right to food becomes a politically contested issue and that such investments run counter to implementing the state’s obligation to protect local people’s access to and procurement of adequate food. It argues that the large-scale agricultural investments both condition and pervert the realisation of food security.

Ethiopia, food security, land acquisitions, Land rights, right to food,
Third World Quarterly: journal of emerging areas
International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS)

Moreda, T. (2018). The right to food in the context of large-scale land investment in Ethiopia. Third World Quarterly: journal of emerging areas, 1–22. doi:10.1080/01436597.2018.1460199