ZEF theme: Land use and food security

Land use and food security

In the long run, food security depends on natural resources and sustainable innovations. Sustainable land and soil management is a crucial natural resource base which has been neglected over the years. ZEF has a long-standing research focus on soil and land, particularly in Central Asia and Africa. Recently, we added research on the economics of land degradation. Land prices have risen increasingly world‐wide due to increased land scarcity and raising output prices that stimulate demand for land resources. These changes have far-reaching impacts on land rights and institutions. Moreover, poor land users tend to lose out in the competition. These questions have to be addressed.