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.
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.
Andrea Suarez (INENCO): firstname.lastname@example.org
Martín Simón (FUNDAPAZ): email@example.com
In this latest issue of the Latin America Focal Point newsletter, we feature updates on activities in the region, including:
Read the newsletter here.
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:
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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