Publications

Reports

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International Land Deals for Agriculture
Fresh insights from the Land Matrix: Analytical Report II

Kerstin Nolte, Wytske Chamberlain, Markus Giger (2016)

This report aims to contribute to the body of knowledge available on land acquisitions in low- and middle-income countries by presenting an up-to-date analysis of the data contained in the Land Matrix database and providing complementary evidence based on case studies. It provides a concise overview of general trends and developments, as well as regional and local insights. In particular, the report gives an update on recent developments, zooms in to focus on the key target regions, investigates who acquires land and discusses emerging evidence on the impacts of large-scale land acquisitions. Additionally, through a number of case studies provided by our network partners, it provides insights into realities on the ground.

Download the report in English or French.

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Transnational Land Deals for Agriculture in the Global South
Analytical Report based on the Land Matrix Database

Ward Anseeuw, Mathieu Boche, Thomas Breu, Markus Giger, Jann Lay, Peter Messerli and Kerstin Nolte (2012)

This report draws on the Land Matrix database to analyse and better understand the phenomenon of large-scale agricultural land deals. It first provides a global overview and emphasises the indisputable reality of the large-scale land acquisitions. It then details the target countries and regions and looks at the determinants of investment decisions, as well as whether investors really target marginal land. Thirdly, it examines the investor countries, the investors and their characteristics before focusing on learning more about the drivers of the global increase in demand for land. Finally, the processes of large-scale land acquisitions are examined, including an assessment of compensation and potential benefits.

Download the report in English.

Country profiles

Country profiles present national-level data of large-scale land acquisitions and transactions including who the investors are, what the aim of the investment is, who the former owner was and what the land was previously used for, and what the potential benefits and impacts of the land deals are. By making this information available, the Land Matrix hopes to enhance broad engagement and data exchange, facilitating the continuous improvement of the data.