Africa

Africa Regional Focal Point

The Africa Regional Focal Point (RFP) covers the whole of the African continent, which is the most targeted region for large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) in the global south. The considerable differences across Africa in terms of scale, intention, and investors suggest that numerous aspects motivate the choice to invest here, including the perceived availability of land and other natural resources, geographical, cultural and historical reasons, and host country specifics such as policy support or market opportunities. 

The Africa RFP, hosted by the University of Pretoria, aims to equip international, regional, local, and national stakeholders with relevant information in land-related debates, and engages with a number of organisations across the continent to disseminate information, support advocacy, and stimulate land debate. The Africa RFP also participates in the Network of Excellence of Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) initiative and actively implements the Land Matrix Initiative’s decentralisation process by assisting in the establishment of National Land Observatories (NLO) in selected countries, providing support in the form of discussion on data variables, a technical platform, and associated training and events.

To respond to the need for objective and evidence-based data on LSLAs, the Africa RFP has developed a diverse data collection strategy, including the use of: 

  • A strong regional network of partners who contribute information and participate in regular verification processes
  • Research reports and publicly available company and media documents
  • Direct engagement with investors to collaborate facts
  • Data from users
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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. Find out how to get involved here.

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In the next phase of the Land Matrix initiative, the Africa RFP will be exploring new data sourcing strategies and strengthening the data in specific African countries where data is generally unavailable or inaccessible by other means.

As such, we are looking for a land-based organisation in Ghana to assist us with data collection and verification on large-scale land acquisitions in the country.

For more information and to apply, please download the PDF here.

Applications close 31 October 2019

Use customisable filters to explore the web-based geographic information systems (GIS) map for information about land deals from global down to regional and country level.

Search the dataset through pre-configured entry points where deals have been grouped by common shared attributes (such as nature of investment, region, or investor), filter information according to your line of interest, or drill down to single deals where you can provide feedback and start a discussion through comments.

Generate your own infographics using a wide selection of charts to illustrate information about deals, such as the global flow of transnational land acquisitions, the total size and number of deals, and a breakdown of deals according to sector and interest.

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News and Publications

Planning and advocacy in Cameroon with the Land Matrix

The African continent is the most targeted region for large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) in the global south. Given the sheer scale of this, monitoring these deals can be extremely challenging – but it is crucial that we do so, as access to land is closely linked to a number of …

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Ghana data campaign

In the next phase of the Land Matrix initiative, the Africa RFP will be exploring new data sourcing strategies and strengthening the data in specific African countries where data is generally unavailable or inaccessible by other means.

As such, we are looking for a land-based organisation in Ghana to assist …

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This Land Is My Land! Large-Scale Land Acquisitions and Conflict Events in Sub-Saharan Africa

Authors: Sara Balestri and Mario A. Maggioni

Published: 2019

Source: Journal of Defence and Peace Economics

The paper, which uses Land Matrix data, provides evidence that large-scale land acquisitions in sub-Saharan Africa raise the likelihood of experiencing outbursts of organised violence. This evidence is achieved through a spatially disaggregated approach, …

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