21.11.2012 | ZEF: Grabbing water? Large-scale investments in agriculture and perspectives for regulation

Large-scale investments in agriculture have provoked heated debates in the past years – but effects on water resources are often neglected in this context. This Water Lecture seeks to answer the question if such investments provoke „water grabbing“ and discusses the perspectives for regulation and sustainable agriculture.


Franziska Hollmann, Director Agribusiness, DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft)
Michael Brüntrup, Agricultural Economist, German Development Institute
Waltina Scheumann, Department Environmental Policy and Management of Natural Resources, German Development Institute

Moderator: Wolfram Laube, Senior Researcher at the Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Venue: Conference room, ground floor, Center for Development Research / Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF), Walter-Flex-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn (Directions)
Date: Wednesday, November 21, 17:30 – 19:00 h

The Water Lecture will open with a presentation of the study „Large-scale land acquisitions and water rights“ by Waltina Scheumann.
Franziska Hollmann and Michael Brüntrup then discuss opportunities and challenges for the regulation of international investments in agriculture.

About the Water Lecture

The Water Lecture series is a joint series organized by the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the Hydrological Research Group at the Geography Department (University of Bonn), the Global Water System Project (GWSP), the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) and the United Nations University (UNU) in Bonn.