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Submitted by Johannes Game on

Thank you, mr. Cuesta, for this interesting blog post, lots of interesting stuff in there.
My problem with most of the debate on super farms is its focus on the economic effects like efficiency, direct poverty effects, and food security. These issues are extremely important, obviously, but what about the political implications of large-scale farming and their effects on long term development? Some of the fastest growing NICs in East Asia have proved that it is crucial to have a politically powerless, "squeezable" agricultural sector based on peasant farming. Are largescale, powerfull farmers, domestic or international, not directly blocking industrialization policy potential that gave rise to economies like Taiwan and South-Korea? Taking this reasoning to the extreme: do superfarms mean an Africa less able to move away from agricultural economies? If this is the case in the long term, it has to be included in the cost-benefit analysis of superfarms. What is your opinion on this?

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