EU External Investment Plan

Enabling Jeannette to secure the rights to her land

Jeannette Ramarisoa is a farm owner in Madagascar. Even though she had been a farmer since the age of 19, she had never had an official certificate confirming that she owned her land. So she couldn’t use it as collateral to borrow from a bank and expand or diversify.

But then the EU worked with the government of Madagascar to give farmers official certificates confirming that they owned their land.

The €4.5 billion EU External Investment Plan is supporting many more reforms like this one in countries near the EU and in Africa. The aim is to make it easier to secure investment and do business, and to bring in €44 billion in new investment by 2020.