The Land Matrix is a global and independent land monitoring initiative that promotes transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment.
This website is our Global Observatory - an open tool for collecting and visualising information about large-scale land acquisitions.
The data represented here is constantly evolving; to make this resource more accurate and comprehensive, we encourage your participation.
Data is at the core of our project, but numbers alone can't tell a good story. These interactive visualizations are here to help you grasp the phenomenon of large-scale land acquisitions. Through them, we try to provide answers to questions such as how much land we're talking about, who's buying where, how much of the land is used for growing food, etc.
Delve into our dataset and create your own narrative. You can start from pre-configured entry points where deals have been grouped by common shared attributes such as nature of investment, region or investor. Customize your research by filtering information according to your line of interest, and drill down to single deals where you can provide feedback and start a discussion through comments.
Collecting information about land deals is a long and difficult process. The information is hard to find and even harder to confirm through independent sources. Do you have information about land deals in your country? Can you confirm or update information we already have? Do you have ideas for new visualizations, or want to make your own? Help us grow.
11 June 2013 newsletter
The Land Matrix partnership has published its first newsletter, taking a closer look at the data, current trends and indicators related to Large-Scale Land Acquisitions emerging from the Global Observatory platform.
This first issue also expands on the progress and lessons learned since the launch of the Beta version in 2012, framing it as an open development tool to invite broader stakeholder engagement and promote transparency and accountability in land-related issues.
Download the Newsletter here: Land Matrix quarterly newsletter n.1 - June 2013 (827.9 KB)Read more...
Bern/Hamburg/Montpellier/Rome (10 June 2013) The Land Matrix partnership today launches the second phase of the Global Observatory on large scale land acquisitions. The Land Matrix Global Observatory is a tool that promotes transparency in land transactions and supports open data and open source communities focused on land deals. The thoroughly updated dataset allows tracking of large scale land acquisitions, from negotiation to implementation.
Since the launch of the Beta version in April 2012, the Land Matrix partnership has received a substantial number of reactions, most of which expressed appreciation for the initiative, though some noted concerns. It provides valuable lessons on the challenges and successes of promoting open data on practices that are often shrouded in secrecy and have led to improving the Land Matrix and its database. Madiodio Niasse, Director of the International Land Coalition (ILC) Secretariat noted, “We have taken all comments that we have received very seriously, and we thank those who have contributed.”Read more...