The Land Matrix Initiative

The Land Matrix Initiative (LMI) is an independent global land monitoring initiative made up of a number of global and regional partners. The LMI was originally established in 2009 to address the lack of robust data on LSLAs, and the first version of the Land Matrix database was launched in April 2012, providing a systematic overview of large-scale agricultural investments. Today, together with a wealth of global data illustrating the magnitude of LSLAs on an international scale, our four Regional Focal Points (RFPs) in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, along with our National Land Observatories (NLOs) in Argentina, Cameroon, Philippines, Senegal and Uganda, capture country-specific data through a critical regional lens.

The data represented on the Land Matrix platform now covers almost 100 countries, and is constantly evolving. Along with concluded deals, intended and failed attempts to acquire land through purchase, lease or concession are also captured, as are the drivers and aims of production, which include agricultural production, timber extraction, carbon trading, industry, renewable energy production, conservation, and tourism.

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 that we can add to our database? Can you confirm or update information we already have? Find out how to get involved.

For more about what land deals are and how data is captured, analysed, and used, browse our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

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