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Industrial investments in agriculture in Central Africa. Establishing the conditions for sustainability and equity

Investissements industriels dans l'agriculture en Afrique centrale. Assurer les conditions de durabilité et d'équité

Laurène Feintrenie, Jean-Marc Roda () and Alain Rival
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Laurène Feintrenie: UPR Forêts et Sociétés - Forêts et Sociétés - Cirad - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement
Alain Rival: Cirad - Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement

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Abstract: In Central Africa, industrial investments in agriculture have been increasing for the last ten years, constituting one of the many drivers of deforestation. If these investments are to contribute to socioeconomic development without harming the environment,they need to be more effectively monitored.Analysing successes and failures in four Central African countries helps to identify ways to increase the chances of success for projects: carrying out independent impact assessments before projects are launched; obtaining the free, prior and informed consent of the communities concerned; and encouraging companies to meet certification criteria. The host governments should be able to take advantage of actions by people- and environment-friendly companies in order to create a virtuous circle, and should build agro-industrial projects around national land use plans.

Keywords: agro-industrie; Afrique; multinationale; accaparement des terres; Foresterie; politique forestière; palmier à huile; hévéa; investissement agricole; certification (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-02
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Published in Perspective, CIRAD, 2016, N° 37, 4 p. ⟨10.18167/agritrop/00039⟩

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DOI: 10.18167/agritrop/00039

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