Large scale foreign land acquisitions: what interactions, opportunities and risks for different local farming systems? A case-study in Madagascar
Important foreign land acquisitions in developing countries can lead to structural transformation in existing farming systems. But does the development of mega-farms create the same opportunities and risks for the diversity of local rural households? Based on a case study in Madagascar, this paper deciphers the transformations of the local agrarian systems due to the implementation of an agrobusiness company, aiming to produce jatropha on 5000 hectares. Focusing on the local level, it deciphers the ongoing impacts and tries to overcome a vision of the “local community” as an homogenous and congruent entity.