Latin America

Large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are part of a long history of appropriation of land and natural resources by external actors, and have led to wide deforestation and expansion of agricultural “frontiers”, following a development model based on the production of agricultural commodities for external markets. This pattern of agribusiness reduces local food sovereignty and increases dependence on external stakeholders, such as marketing companies, technology providers, and transnational producers of agrochemicals.

Latin America Regional Focal Point 

The Latin America Regional Focal Point (RFP), hosted by the Foundation for Development in Justice and Peace (FUNDAPAZ), supports the Land Matrix Initiative on regional-level data collection, research, policy, advocacy, networking, and communication, as well as the establishment of National Land Observatories (NLO), scaling-up of initiatives, and creating momentum for change.

FUNDAPAZ works in collaboration with the Research Institute on Renewable Energy (INENCO), and is in charge of networking and dissemination activities, while INENCO focuses on data collection, report writing, and communication with regional partners and global initiatives.

Contact

Andrea Suarez (INENCO): landmatrix.lafp@gmail.com

Martín Simón (FUNDAPAZ): martin.simon@fundapaz.org.ar


LAFP newsletter

In this latest issue of the Latin America Focal Point newsletter, we feature updates on activities in the region, including:

  • New phase and strengthening of the network of partners
  • Land Matrix Research Program
  • World Environment Day
  • Publication of the book "Land rush" with the contribution of the Focal Point
  • Political ecology, land-use planning and large-scale land transactions
  • Pilot study with LANDex in Colombia

Read the newsletter here.

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Land Matrix LAC has developed a dynamic new Spanish-language website dedicated to exploring actions that mitigate the social and environmental effects of large transactions and improve access to land by indigenous populations in the region.

Land Matrix LAC - The one that Measures the Earth - works in the region on three central aspects:

  1. Identifying new cases and updating the database.
  2. Research on cases which determine the social and environmental effects of large-scale land transactions.
  3. Influence public policies that mitigate the negative effects of land grabbing.

We hope to ensure that the visibility of the results of the research carried out by various universities in the region, as well as the alliance with indigenous organisations is a powerful ally to influence the public officials that govern our countries.

Visit www.landmatrix-lac.org for more!

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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.

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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.

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Generate your own downloadable 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

Driving dispossession: The global push to “unlock the economic potential of land”

Authors: Frédéric Mousseau, Andy Currier, Elizabeth Fraser, and Jessie Green

Published: 2020

Source: The Oakland Institute

Driving Dispossession: The Global Push to “Unlock the Economic Potential of Land,” sounds the alarm on the unprecedented wave of privatization of natural resources that is underway around the world. Through six case studies—Ukraine, …

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Tropical forest loss enhanced by large-scale land acquisitions

Authors: Davis, K.F., Koo, H.I., Dell’Angelo, J. et al.

Published: 2020

Source: Nature Geoscience

Tropical forests are vital for global biodiversity, carbon storage and local livelihoods, yet they are increasingly under threat from human activities. Large-scale land acquisitions have emerged as an important mechanism linking global resource demands to forests …

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Land inequality and economic growth: A meta-analysis

Authors: Maria Cipollina, Nadia Cuffaro and Giovanna D’Agostino

Published: 2018

Source: Sustainability, MDPI

Increasing commercial pressure on land may lead to land concentration in developing countries, especially in the context of complex systems of property rights. In this article we review through meta-analysis (MA) the econometric findings of the …

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