Inclusive agriculture-led development

Agriculture is key to achieving economic growth, alleviating poverty, improving food security and a number of other Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) in most poor developing countries. This is particularly true in Africa, where the majority of peoples’ livelihoods are dependent upon that sector. Having been neglected for a long time, the sector is again high on the global development agenda, fostered by the growing appreciation of the sector’s developmental role, concerns over high food prices, along with increased sensitivity to food and nutrition problems, the mounting pressure on natural resources and also new opportunities for economic growth.

Under the theme of “Inclusive agricultural-led development” some of the key topics of African agricultural policies are addressed through empirical research. In addition, the manifold developments in the theme area are followed up and commented upon. We focus on innovative business models between small farmers and large economic actors; the growing interest in food security and its repercussions on local agriculture; the integration of policies for the natural resources land, water and (bio)energy centered around agriculture; and the growing importance of agricultural policy issues in global and regional politics.


Large scale land acquisitions - challenges, conflicts and partial solutions in an agro-investment lifecycle perspective
Bruentrup, Michael (2014)
in: Ian Christoplos / Adam Pain (eds), New challenges to food security: from climate change to fragile states, Abingdon: Routledge, 85-108


What can be expected from international frameworks to regulate large-scale land and water acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa?
Brüntrup, Michael / Waltina Scheumann / Axel Berger / Lidija Christmann / Clara Brandi (2014)
in: The Law and Development Review 7 (2), 433-471