Research Handbook on Human Rights and Investment
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Research Handbook on Human Rights and Investment

Edited by Yannick Radi

The interplay between human rights and investments is a key and complex issue in today’s world. To take stock of this importance and to tackle this complexity, this Research Handbook offers a unique multi-faceted approach. It gathers in-depth contributions which focus on the interplay between human rights and investments in various international legal regimes, economic sectors and regions. It also provides thorough analyses of the various types of accountability that may result from the activities of multinational corporations in relation to human rights. This Research Handbook is intended for practitioners, policy-makers, academics and students eager to understand the interaction between human rights and investments in all its dimensions.​
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Chapter 12: Investments and human rights in the agricultural sector

Kaitlin Cordes


Investment in the agricultural sector is extremely important and urgently needed. Yet many agricultural investments undertaken to date have also had a range of negative human rights impacts on rights-holders around the world. This chapter examines the relationship between investments and human rights in the agricultural sector. Section 1 provides an overview of agricultural investments. Section 2 briefly discusses relevant international legal frameworks and instruments. Section 3 first describes general human rights issues endemic to the agricultural sector, before turning to focus on some of the main human rights implications of common agricultural investment models. In particular, the chapter discusses the human rights concerns associated with large-scale land acquisitions for agricultural investments. Section 4 concludes by considering the roles of key actors involved or implicated in agricultural investments, and how they might take steps to improve the human rights impacts of such investments.

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