Grabbing water? Large-scale investments in agriculture and perspectives for regulation

Event Type
Lecture

Location/Date
Bonn, 21.11.2012

Organiser
Center for Development Research / Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF), German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik


Large-scale investments in agriculture have provoked heated debates in the past years - but effects on water resources are often neglected in this context. This Water Lecture sought to answer the question if such investments provoke "water grabbing" and discussed the perspectives for regulation and sustainable agriculture.

Discussants:

  • Franziska Hollmann, Director Agribusiness, Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG)
  • Michael Brüntrup, Senior Researcher, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
  • Waltina Scheumann, Senior Researcher, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)


Moderator: Wolfram Laube, Senior Researcher at the Center for Development Research / Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF)

The Water Lecture opened with a presentation of the study "Large-scale land acquisitions and water rights" by Waltina Scheumann.
Franziska Hollmann and Michael Brüntrup then discussed opportunities and challenges for the regulation of large-scale investments in agriculture.

About the Water Lecture
The Water Lecture series is a joint series organized by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the Hydrological Research Group at the Geography Department (University of Bonn), the Global Water System Project (GWSP), the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) and the United Nations University (UNU) in Bonn.


Event information

Date
21.11.2012