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15 June 2017

Vacancy announcement:“Partnership Coordinator” for the Land Matrix Initiative

Deadline for applications: 14 July 2017

The Partnership Coordinator ensures the smooth functioning of the Land Matrix partnership, and is responsible for organizing, monitoring and improving project activities, under the direction of the Steering Committee. The position will be based at the University of Pretoria, hosted by the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation. The position will be at project manager level of the University of Pretoria.

Download the full vacancy announcement here:

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28 March 2017

Analytical Report of the Land Matrix II - published on October 11, 2016

International Land Deals for Agriculture - Fresh insights from the Land Matrix

Around the world, 26.7 million hectares of agricultural land have been transferred into the hands of foreign investors since the year 2000. This means that these investors possess approximately 2 per cent of the arable land worldwide, or roughly the equivalent to the total area covered by United Kingdom and Slovenia together. This finding comes from Land Matrix's newest report  "Land Matrix Analytical Report II: International Land Deals for Agriculture".

The report provides detailed information on who is buying up farmland in which regions of the world and how this land is being used. It also highlights the economic, social, and political impacts of land investments.

Download the report here:

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27 March 2017

Liberia Country Profile

Large-scale land acquisitions in Liberia

Through collecting data on large-scale land transactions, the Land Matrix increases transparency to foster accountability of investors and other parties involved in large-scale land transactions. The Land Matrix aims to contribute in an innovative and relevant way to the growing movement towards open development - allowing for greater public involvement in critical decisions that affect the lives of land-users around the world.

The Land Matrix Africa Focal Point developed a detailed profile of large-scale land acquisitions in Liberia.

The profile is on free access and can be downloaded below.

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18 January 2017

Argentina Country Profile

Large-scale land acquisitions in Argentina

Through collecting data on large-scale land transactions, the Land Matrix increases transparency to foster accountability of investors and other parties involved in large-scale land transactions. The Land Matrix aims to contribute in an innovative and relevant way to the growing movement towards open development - allowing for greater public involvement in critical decisions that affect the lives of land-users around the world.

The Land Matrix Latin America Focal Point developed a detailed profile of large-scale land acquisitions in Argentina.

The profile is on free access and can be downloaded below.

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07 December 2016

Tanzania Country Profile

Large-scale land acquisitions in Tanzania

Through collecting data on large-scale land transactions, the Land Matrix increases transparency to foster accountability of investors and other parties involved in large-scale land transactions. The Land Matrix aims to contribute in an innovative and relevant way to the growing movement towards open development - allowing for greater public involvement in critical decisions that affect the lives of land-users around the world.

The LM Africa Focal Point developed a detailed profile of large-scale land acquisitions in Tanzania.

The profile is on free access and can be downloaded below.

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03 November 2016

Sierra Leone Country Profile

Large scale land acquisitions in Sierra Leone

Through collecting data on large-scale land transactions, the Land Matrix increases transparency to foster accountability of investors and other parties involved in large-scale land transactions. The Land Matrix aims to contribute in an innovative and relevant way to the growing movement towards open development - allowing for greater public involvement in critical decisions that affect the lives of land-users around the world.

The LM Africa Focal Point developed a detailed profile of large scale land investments in Sierra Leone.

The profile is on free access and can be downloaded below.

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11 October 2016

Analytical Report of the Land Matrix II

International Land Deals for Agriculture:

Around the world, 26.7 million hectares of agricultural land have been transferred into the hands of foreign investors since the year 2000. This means that these investors possess approximately 2 per cent of the arable land worldwide, or roughly the equivalent to the total area covered by United Kingdom and Slovenia together. This finding comes from Land Matrix's newest report  "Land Matrix Analytical Report II: International Land Deals for Agriculture".

The report provides detailed information on who is buying up farmland in which regions of the world and how this land is being used. It also highlights the economic, social, and political impacts of land investments.

Download the report here:  Icon Analytical Report of the Land Matrix II (2.2 MB)

Additional findings from the report: 

  • Around the world, 1,004 signed agreements on agricultural land (so-called “land deals”) exist. 
  • For approximately 70 per cent of these deals (710), agricultural activities have been initiated. 
  • Africa is the continent most impacted by land deals, with 422 deals covering a total area of 10 million hectares. Other heavily impacted regions are Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. 
  • The agreements primarily target areas previously used for agriculture. This creates increased competition for land and the potential for conflicts with the local population. Markus Giger, Head of Global Change Impacts on Sustainable Development at the University of Bern said: ”A lack of transparency and the marginalisation of local stakeholders weaken the bargaining position of smallholder farmers and pastoralists, including indigenous peoples” 
  • Most of the investors are from Malaysia, the United States, Great Britain, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia. Western European investors are involved in 315 land deals covering an area of 7.3 million hectares which makes Western Europe the largest investor region.Around the world, 26.7 million hectares of agricultural land have been transferred into the hands of foreign investors since the year 2000. This means that these investors possess approximately 2 per cent of the arable land worldwide, or roughly the equivalent to the total area covered by United Kingdom and Slovenia together. This finding comes from a new report entitled Land Matrix Analytical Report II: International Land Deals for Agriculture, to be released today.
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23 September 2016

Sénégal: acquisitions foncières à grande echelle

Carte des acquisitions foncières au SénégalCarte des acquisitions foncières au Sénégal

L’objectif de ce profil pays est de présenter des données LSLA au niveau national à un large panel de parties prenantes, d’encourager à la fois une grande participation et un partage de données pour contribuer à l’amélioration continue de la base de données. Les données utilisées pour ce profil ont été téléchargées le 10 mai 2016. 

Icon Sénégal: acquisitions foncières à grande echelle (776.1 KB) The English version can be downloaded here

14 September 2016

SOUTH AFRICAN LAND INVESTMENTS IN AFRICA

As per the Land Matrix
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Africa is the most targeted continent for Large Scale Land Acquisition. 
Most land transactions occur in sub-Saharan Africa, where an area of the size of Spain is believed to be leased to foreign investors. 

Both investors and sellers claim that these land acquisition are meant to reduce poverty and hunger. However globally, Large Scale Land Acquisition raise many concerns about their local economic impact, human rights and fuelling social tensions in already fragile states. 

Like many rich countries in the world, South Africa ranks among the top investors in some African countries. Being a targeted country itself, there are limited quantitative studies that describe South African land investments on the continent. Furthermore the motive and implications of such investments are poorly studied. The Land Matrix reports a total of 47 South African land deals covering an intended size of 2 485 241ha, with contract size amounting to a total of 781 013ha as of June 2016.

16 August 2016

Senegal Country Profile

Large scale land acquisitions

Through collecting data on large-scale land transactions, the Land Matrix increases transparency to foster accountability of investors and other parties involved in large-scale land transactions. The Land Matrix aims to contribute in an innovative and relevant way to the growing movement towards open development - allowing for greater public involvement in critical decisions that affect the lives of land-users around the world.

The LM Africa Focal Point developed a detailed profile of large scale land investments in Senegal.

The profile is on free access and can be downloaded below.

Une versione française est disponible en cliquant ici

A page of the LM newest country profileA page of the LM newest country profileLa version française peut être téléchargée ici

08 August 2016

Land monitoring in the semi-arid regions of Latin America: LM welcomes Semiaridos new website

There is an important relationship between the semi-arid areas of Latin America and the Caribbean and land grabbing.
In order to increase the visibility and the access to information on semi-arid regions, Plataforma Semiaridos America Latina (Semiaridos) revamped its website: www.semiaridos.org
Semiaridos, which uses Land Matrix data, is an initiative boosted by the International Land Coalition, one of the partners of Land Matrix.
The website seeks to give visibility to the issues semi-arid areas of Latin America (semi-arid Chaco in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, the semi-arid area in the Brazilian Northeast, the states of Lara and Falcon in Venezuela and the corridor Seco in Central America) face, namely access to and management of land, water and other resources by peasant families and indigenous communities, and to strengthen the advocacy efforts of civil society.

The Platform is using Land Matrix data to understand whether concentration of land, loss of diversity of production systems, and the expansion of the agricultural frontier are particularly pronounced in these large areas of the Americas.

The new platform Semiaridos The new platform Semiaridos

14 June 2016

Updates from the Latin America Focal Point

Focus: Nicaragua Grand Interoceanic Canal

The Latin America Focal Point of the Land Matrix, Fundapaz, published a newsletter on their latest activities. Here is a summary of the contents: 

  • Focus: Nicaragua Grand Interoceanic Canal 
  • Updating of existing deals in Latin America 
  • New land deals of uploaded to the database 
  • Contribution to LM Analytical Report: global grains market 
  • A Swiss intern joins the team

A Spanish version of the newsletter is available here: 

Boletin - Mayo 2016 Land Matrix Punto Focal America Latina

Website of Fundapaz

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26 May 2016

Zambia Country Profile

In-depth profile of large scale investments in Zambia

Through collecting data on large-scale land transactions, the Land Matrix increases transparency to foster accountability of investors and other parties involved in large-scale land transactions. The Land Matrix aims to contribute in an innovative and relevant way to the growing movement towards open development - allowing for greater public involvement in critical decisions that affect the lives of land-users around the world.

The LM Africa Focal Point developed a detailed profile of large scale land investments in Zambia. 

The profile is on free access and can be downloaded below. 

24 February 2016

Contextualizing local-scale point sample data using global-scale spatial datasets

Lessons learnt from the analysis of large-scale land acquisitions

This paper examines how the geospatial accuracy of samples and sample size influence conclusions from geospatial analyses. It does so using the example of a study investigating the global phenomenon of large-scale land acquisitions and the socio-ecological characteristics of the areas they target.

Authors: Sandra Eckert, Markus Giger, Peter Messerli

Highlights 

  • Contribution of spatially explicit evidence for policy requires accurate, detailed spatial data. 
  • Avoid using national-scale statistics to characterize phenomena having local-scale impact.
  • The more geographic contexts vary within a country the more detailed the spatial scale is required.
  •  Focus on improving the geospatial accuracy of data rather than obtaining a larger sample.
  • Uncertainty is introduced by inadequate definition of the shape/size of analysed geographic contexts.

Read the full paper here

18 February 2016

Convocatoria para envio de información sobre transacciones de tierra

Punto Focal America Latina

Deadline:
31/12/2016

Región:
Sudamérica, Centroamérica y El Caribe

Land Matrix es una iniciativa global e independiente para monitorear y dar transparencia a las inversiones en tierras a gran escala alrededor del mundo. FUNDAPAZ (Fundación para el Desarrollo en Justicia y Paz), miembro de la ILC (International Land Coalition), es el punto focal para América Latina. INENCO (Instituto de Investigaciones en Energía no Convencional) coordina el trabajo de recolección de datos, redacción de informes y comunicaciones. En ésta nueva etapa que comienza, para reforzar la capacidad de recolección de casos de la LM-LAFP se ha conformado una Red de Colaboradores con algunas instituciones con sede en Nicaragua, Brasil, Paraguay, Colombia y Argentina para la recolección de datos en diversos lugares de la región.¡Revisa la base de datos para Sudamérica, Centroamérica y El Caribe y contribuye a mejorarla y enriquecerla!
¿A QUIÉN ESTÁ DIRIGIDA LA CONVOCATORIA?

A organizaciones vinculadas a cuestiones territoriales, instituciones académicas, investigadores, organizaciones de base, entidades estatales u otras, así como particulares interesados en compartir algún tipo de información sobre grandes transacciones de tierra en América Latina.

¿QUÉ INFORMACIÓN ESTAMOS BUSCANDO?

La información que se requiere para contribuir a la base de datos de la Land Matrix es la siguiente: (1) Datos sobre transacciones de tierra, las cuales son definidas como compras, concesiones, arriendos, contratos o acuerdos de otro tipo en la Land Matrix; (2) Las transacciones deben haber sido realizadasa partir del año 2000; abarcar más de 200 hectáreas e implicar un cambio de uso del suelo; (3) Información mínima a consignar: datos espaciales, nombre del inversor, superficie de la inversión y fuente de información

09 February 2016

Call for information on large-scale land acquisitions

Latin America Focal Point (LAFP)

Deadline: 31/12/2016

Region: Global (including Europe)

Land Matrix (LM) is a global and independent land monitoring initiative that promotes transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment. FUNDAPAZ (Foundation for Development in Justice and Peace), a member of the International Land Coalition (ILC), is the Latin America Focal Point (LAFP). INENCO (The Research Institute on Renewable Energy) coordinates data collection, report writing and dissemination. To maximize its regional coverage in this new phase of the LM initiative, the LAFP established a network of collaborators with organizations from Nicaragua, Brazil, Paraguay, Colombia and Argentina. Review the database for South America, Central America and the Caribbean and contribute to its improvement and enrichment!

TO WHOM IS THIS CALL ADDRESSED?

Organizations working on or related to territorial issues, academic institutions, researchers, grassroots organizations, governmental agencies, and individuals interested in sharing information about large-scale land acquisitions in Latin America.

WHAT INFORMATION ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Information required to contribute to the LM database is the following: (1) Data about large-scale land acquisitions such as outright purchases, concessions, leases, or other land use contracts and agreements; (2) Transactions must have been initiated after the year 2000, cover an area of 200 hectares or more, and involve some sort of land use change; (3) Minimum amount of information needed to add a deal to the LM database: basic geographic information (location of the deal), investor name, investment area, and data source.

26 November 2015

Newsletter November 2015

Icon Land Matrix November 2015 Newsletter (490.4 KB) IN THIS NEWSLETTER: 
  •  Data overview 
  •  The LMI implements its decentralization process 
    • Within the framework of decentralization, the LMI is engaging in three core activities:Establishment of a project support unit, Launch of the African Large-Scale Land Acquisitions (LSLA) portal — LANDobs, Continuous support for the establishment of decentralized, mainly national, observatories
  •  News from the regions 
  • Data trends and dynamics: data consolidation and continued trend of project implementation — challenges remain

03 September 2015

Phase 1 Final Newsletter

Latin America focal point
Icon Phase I Final Newsletter Land Matrix-LAFP.pdf (1005.7 KB)

This newsletter summarizes the work done by the Land Matrix Latin America Focal Point (LM - LAFP) during Phase I of this project, which started in August, 2014 and ends on July 31, 2015. This newsletter complements the information contained in previous newsletters.

The Land Matrix is a global and independent land monitoring initiative that promotes transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment. Land deals can be outright purchases, leases, or other land use contracts and agreements. They must be made after the year 2000, cover more than 200 hectares, and involve some sort of land use change.

FUNDAPAZ (Fundación para el Desarrollo en Justicia y Paz), member of the International Land Coalition (ILC) and the Latin American Network of Land Observatories (Red Territorios Visibles) is currently in charge of the LM-LAFP.

The technical team responsible for uploading and analyzing data on large land acquisitions is coordinated by the Research Institute on Renewable Energy (INENCO), a research center belonging to the Argentinian system of science and technology. The Red Territorios Visibles is coordinated by CEPES (Peruvian Center of Social Studies). The Research and Development Institute NITLAPAN of the Nicaraguan Central American University (UCA) is also part of the LM-LAFP consortium.

27 August 2015

Research Assistant @Land Matrix Initiative

Call for applications

Please note that we have extended the deadline for applications. New deadline: 16 October 2015

The Land Matrix Initiative is expanding and is looking for a Research Assistant for its Project Support Unit (PSU). The PSU based at the University of Pretoria, hosted by the Post-Graduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation.

The Research assistant

The PSU research assistants will report to the PSU Coordinator. The work will include mainly statistical analysis of the Land Matrix database. After consultation with the candidate and joint assessment of the database precise topics will be agreed up on.

Who should/can apply?

Students with an educational background either in statistics with an interest in land issues or a background in natural sciences with excellent statistical knowledge.

More particularly, we are looking for students excelling in:
  • Statistical analysis
  • Remote sensing/GIS/infographics
Students engaged in their Master’s last/thesis year or Postdoctoral Fellows who have completed PhD.

Find more information about the job posting and how to apply in the document

Please note that we have extended the deadline for applications. New deadline: 16 October 2015

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25 November 2014

Latin America Focal Point Monthly Update

The Land Matrix Latin America Focal Point

MEETING BETWTEEN THE RED TERRITORIOS VISIBLES AND

LAND MATRIX

Managua, Nicaragua, hosted from October 27 through 29, the meeting of the Latin American Network of Land Observatories (Red Territorios Visibles), and the Regional Assembly of the International Land Coalition (ILC). Cristian Venencia, a member of the Land Matrix Latin America Focal Point (LM-LAFP) participated in this meeting with the following objectives:

  • Disseminate the Land Matrix initiative among members of the Network in order to achieve greater integration and commitment from all parties.
  • Critically analyze the activities performed so far, discuss the next steps focusing on the production of specific deliverables, and set a number of concrete work guidelines.
  • Work with Nitlapan, the partner in Central America, and provide them with some training on information retrieval and uploading of land transactions onto the Land Matrix.
  • Reach some agreements and establish some common objectives between the Network and Land Matrix in order to optimize the identification of land deals in Latin American countries.
  • Present the progress made in the LM-LAFP to the members of ILC.
    The third monthly update from the Land Matrix Latin America Focal Point is now available Icon here (623.3 KB) For the Spanish version, click here.

29 October 2014

Land Matrix Newsletter n.3 - October 2014

Land Matrix is decentralizing and expanding its network with new regional focal points


In view of enhancing the quality of the Land Matrix (LM)
database, but also to increase its impact on policy-dialogue, the LM is presently involved in a process of decentralisation and expansion of  its networks. As a result of a call for interest launched in February 2014 five regional focal points have been selected and will support the LM on regional level data collection, research, policy advocacy and networking and communication. Our experience in the last two years (see box 1 for some insights from Africa), has shown that the process of decentralisation is essential in order to promote transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment and improve data quality. Nonetheless, quality control and overall coordination is still necessary in order to guarantee consistency and compliance with LM criteria.  

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29 October 2014

Vacancy Announcement

LAND MATRIX INITIATIVE

PROJECT SUPPORT UNIT COORDINATOR

Deadline for applications: 31 October 2014


The Land Matrix Initiative

The Land Matrix Initiative (LMI) is a global and independent initiative monitoring competition over land use in the Global South. Its goal is to facilitate an open development community of citizens, researchers, policy-makers and technology specialists to promote transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment. The LMI has become an international innovative benchmark for its open data and development approach, database structure, web appearance, and multi-stakeholder character, and has received wide interest among policymakers, development practitioners, NGOs, the media, researchers and the informed public.

In view of enhancing the quality of the LMI, and increasing its impact on policy-dialogue and decision making, the LM is presently involved in a process of decentralisation and expansion. Five new organizations have joined the network in June 2014 and will act as Regional Focal Points - and regional, national and thematic Land Observatories will complement the well-established LM Global Observatory that monitors and collects data on large-scale land transactions worldwide.

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11 June 2014

Land Matrix Receives Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention

The Land Matrix was selected among 2,703 entries from 77 countries for the Honorary Mention in the Prix Ars Electronica award for digital communities.

Established in 1987 as one of the world’s premier awards honouring creativity and innovativeness in the use of digital media, the awards will be presented at the Ars Electronica Gala in the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Austria on Friday, September 5, 2014.

The Prix Ars Electronica is staged jointly by Ars Electronica Linz GmbH and the ORF – Austrian Broadcasting Company’s Upper Austria Regional Studio in cooperation with the OK Center for Contemporary Art and Brucknerhaus Linz.

The Land Matrix is a global and independent land monitoring initiative. Its goal is to facilitate an open development community of citizens, researchers, policymakers and technology specialists to promote transparency and accountability in land and investment decisions.

20 January 2014

Land Matrix Newsletter n.2 - January 2014

The way forward and updated data analysis

The Land Matrix Initiative welcomes the new year with the second Newsletter. In this issue, we give an overview of our plans for the future, and provide an analysis of current trends and statistics in the dataset. 

The issues covered are:

  • Complementing the Global Observatory with decentralized observatories
  • From observation to inclusive decision-making and accountability
  • Data trends: Ongoing demand for land
  • Dynamics: Implementation ongoing but still slow
  • Targets and former land use
  • Drivers of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions 

You can download the newsletter here:  Icon Land Matrix Newsletter n.2 - January 2014 (621.1 KB)

25 July 2013

Land Matrix featured in Journal Of Peasant Studies Forum

"Creating a public tool to assess and promote transparency in global land deals: the experience of the Land Matrix"

Land Matrix partners Ward Anseuuw (CIRAD), Jann Lay (GIGA), Peter Messerli (CDE), Markus Giger (CDE) and Michael Taylor (ILC) published a paper for the Journal of Peasant Studies Forum on Global Land Grabbing. This is the second part of the forum organized by JPS, and it focuses on methodologies in data collection and analysis of data regarding the global land rush phenomenon.

The article can be accessed, free of charge until end of 2013, by clicking on this link: http://www.tandfonline.com/r/fjps40-3

11 June 2013

Land Matrix newsletter n.1 - June 2013

A closer look at the evolution of the platform and a first analysis of current data

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: Icon Land Matrix quarterly newsletter n.1 - June 2013 (827.9 KB)

10 June 2013

Land Matrix partnership launches second phase of its Global Observatory on large scale land acquisitions

Dynamic public interface promotes greater transparency in land investments

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.”