Latin America

Decentralisation is essential in improving data quality and promoting transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investments. To support this process, the Land Matrix has four Regional Focal Points (RFPs) in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America which assist with data collection, research, advocacy, networking, and communication, as well as the establishment of National Land Observatories in selected countries.

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 

About

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

Cristian Venencia (INENCO): landmatrix.lafp@gmail.com

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

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Punto Focal América Latina boletín

En este último número del boletín del Punto Focal América Latina, contamos con actualizaciones sobre las actividades en la región, incluyendo:

  • Nuevas grandes transacciones de tierras en América Latina
  • Contribución para un libro de acaparamiento de tierras

  • Taller para la identificación de grandes transacciones de tierras

  • Foro: Intercambio de Conocimiento en Semiáridos de América Latina

  • Reunión de Comité de Coordinación en Dakar, Senegal

  • Reunión de planificación para 2019

  • Medios de comunicación social

Lea el boletín aquí.


LAFP newsletter

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

  • New large scale land acquisitions in Latin America
  • Contribution to a book about land grabbing
  • Workshop of the identification of LSLA
  • Forum: Exchange of knowledge on Semi-arid regions of Latin America
  • Meeting of the Steering Committee in Dakar, Senegal
  • Planning of activities for 2019
  • Dissemination and social media

Read the newsletter here.

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News and Publications

Punto Focal América Latina boletín: Enero 2019

En este último número del boletín del Punto Focal América Latina, contamos con actualizaciones sobre las actividades en la región, incluyendo:

  • Nuevas grandes transacciones de tierras en América Latina
  • Contribución para un libro de acaparamiento de tierras

  • Taller para la identificación de grandes transacciones de tierras

  • Foro: Intercambio de Conocimiento ...

Read more

Latin America Focal Point newsletter: January 2019

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

  • New large scale land acquisitions in Latin America
  • Contribution to a book about land grabbing
  • Workshop of the identification of LSLA
  • Forum: Exchange of knowledge on Semi-arid regions of Latin ...

Read more

Latin America Focal Point newsletter: September 2018

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 regional partners network
  • Start-up of the National Land Observatory of Argentina
  • Strengthening the Focal Point in research issues
  • Collaboration between the Focal Point Latin ...

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