12 Apr 2011
Bürgi Bonanomi, Elisabeth
Trade Law and Responsible Investment
Bürgi Bonanomi Elisabeth, Trade Law and Responsible Investment in: ILC, Oxfam, Somo, WTI, International Instruments Influencing the Rights of People facing Investment in Agricultural Lands, 2011, pp. 68-88
There is broad international agreement that investment flows to the agricultural sector in developing countries need to be increased. In addition, there is broad agreement that such investments need to be responsible, and that they will only be responsible and beneficial to poor people if they contribute to the prudent development of the agricultural sector. Less studied is the link between
responsible investment and trade. In this brief, the assumption is made that responsible investment flows presume a responsible trade regime, i.e. a trade regime that contributes to the prudent development of the agricultural sector in developing countries. Such a prudent, sustainable trade regime will promote investments in the agricultural sector that are responsible to the people involved and to the environment. It builds the “channel” through which investments flow. By contrast, an unsustainable trade framework will create an investment climate that promotes problematic investment practices.