Land Matrix Analytical Report III: Taking stock of the global land rush

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More than 10 years after the surge in large-scale land acquisitions in developing countries following the spike in agricultural commodity prices in the late 2000s, the Land Matrix Initiative (LMI) has taken stock of the “global land rush” and its socio-economic and environmental impacts in its latest analytical report (https://landmatrix.org/). The findings of the report are sobering, in part alarming, and highlight the urgent need to rethink large-scale land acquisitions, which have reached a staggering total targeted size of 33 million hectares for agricultural and transnational deals.

In this webinar launching the report, we discuss these findings with the authors and other experts in the land sector and present specific policy recommendations.

The LMI is a partnership between the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern, Centre de cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and International Land Coalition (ILC) at global level, and the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), Centre for Environmental Initiatives Ecoaction, Fundación para el Desarrollo en Justicia y Paz (FUNDAPAZ), and University of Pretoria at regional level.

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