Regional seminar at the Pan-African Parliament “Making agricultural investment work for Africa: a Parliamentarian response to the land rush”

  Johannesburg, South Africa – On 11 – 12 August 2014, parliamentarians of the Southern African Development Community-Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) and the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) will debate on strategies to ensure that foreign investment in agriculture brings benefits to local populations, including strengthening citizens’ land rights, food security and employment opportunities. During the two-day seminar, Members of Parliament (MPs) will analyze the current trend of foreign investments in Southern African land and water. They will examine how they can best implement recent initiatives and international agreements, including the Land Policy Initiative and the Maputo Declaration. MPs will also explore business models for agriculture that are currently being used in the region, highlighting citizens’ land rights. The seminar will provide a better understanding of the legal frameworks for foreign investment in agriculture and how parliamentarians can contribute, through their functions and mandate, to ensure that populations share the benefits of investment.

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