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"

25 July 2013

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:

Executive Summary of the Forum, as published by JPS:

The recent ‘land rush’ precipitated by the convergent ‘crises’ of fuel, feed and food in 2007–08 has heightened the debate on the consequences of land investments. This ‘land rush’ has been accompanied by a ‘literature rush’, with a fast-growing body of reports, articles, tables and books with varied purposes, metrics and methods. Land grabbing remains a hot political topic around the world, discussed amongst the highest circles. This is why getting the facts right is important and having effective methodologies for doing so is crucial. Several global initiatives have been created to aggregate information on land deals, and to describe their scale, character and distribution. All have contributed to building a bigger (if not always better) picture of the phenomenon, but all have struggled with methodology. This JPS Forum identifies uncertainty about what it is that is being counted, questions the methods used to collate and aggregate ‘land grabs’, and calls for a land grab research which abandons the aim of deriving total numbers of hectares in favour of more specific, grounded and transparent methods.

In addition to the Land Matrix paper, users can access the entire content of the publication:

  • The politics of evidence: methodologies for understanding the global land rush, by Ian Scoones, Ruth Hall, Saturnino M. Borras Jr, Ben White & Wendy Wolford
  • Messy hectares: questions about the epistemology of land grabbing data, by Marc Edelman
  • Methodological reflections on ‘land grab’ databases and the ‘land grab’ literature ‘rush’, by Carlos Oya
  • Collating and dispersing: GRAIN's strategies and methods, by Grain

If you wish to gain further insight, you can visit part 1 of the JPS Forum on Global Land Grabbing on this link: