20 June 2016

New Danida-funded research project: Agricultural Investors as Development Actors?


This news is redirected by The Secretariat for Development Cooperation at SCIENCE from Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS).

The Danida-financed research project Agricultural Investors as Development Actors? (AIDA) is a collaboration between DIIS, who coordinates the project, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Department of Agronomics and agricultural industry and at Sokoine agricultural university in Tanzania and the Department of agro-industry and Natural Resource Economics at School University in Uganda.

Research team: Helle Munk Ravnsborg (DIIS), Rikke Brandt Broegaard (Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen), Evelyne Lazaro and Khamaldin Mutabazi from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Bernard Bashaasha and David Tumusiime from Makerere University. In addition two PhD students from both Tanzania and Uganda.


At present Danish and other agricultural investors are encouraged to invest in African agricultural production. The hope is that it will create increased employment and lead to increased food production and security, thereby boosting a sustainable development and at the same time being an attractive investment opportunity. But what impacts on development does it have when a foreign agricultural investor moves in? That is what the new Danida-financed research project AIDA will investigate in the next 5 years. AIDA will map Danish agricultural investments from both individual persons and agricultural enterprises and from institutional investors in Africa south of Sahara and investigate what drives and shapes these investiments and to what degree the expectations will be fulfilled. In addition the project will investigate Danish (and foreign) agricultural investments' effects with regard to development in Tanzania and Uganda in particular focusing on the following three aspects:

  • Employment and derivative dynamic effects
  • The view of neighboring farmers on security in the access to land
  • The security in the access to water for drinking water as well as productive purposes with the neighbouring population

The goal of AIDA is to make research-based contributions in the promotion of positive - and protect against negative - developmental effects that can arise as a result of the growing involvement of foreign investors in the agricultural sector in Africa south of Sahara for people living in and cultivating the land in the areas where the investments take place. Thereby AIDA will contribute to enhancing the role of the foreign agricultural investors as developmental actors.

The project has received a grant of DKK 10 million from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark through the Consultative Research Committee for Development Research (FFU) under the Danish Council for Strategic Research and runs up until the beginning of 2021. The project grant shall be administered by the Danida Fellowship Center.

Read more about AIDA in Danish and find the project description.