Policy Brief #4: Investment in Agriculture, “Investing in Land for Water: The converging legal regimes”

By Makane Moïse Mbengue, Susanna Waltman & Laura Turley, Published by IISD, July 2016

Investment in farmland is motivated in large part by access to water resources, but water-related impacts tend to be an afterthought in the “land grabbing” debates. These same water resources are lifelines for local farmers, pastoralists and other communities, which makes sound legal frameworks all the more necessary. This policy brief presents the different sources of law that are triggered by the use of water for farmland investments, and makes recommendations to help reconcile different legal regimes while ensuring water issues are adequately addressed. Available at https://www.iisd.org/library/investing-land-water-converging-legal-regimes-policy-brief-4-investment-agriculture.