The Land Portal Foundation and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) Launch Thematic Portfolio on Land & Investments | Land Portal

Over the past decade, international investments in land have come to the forefront of public debate. Some argue that investments in land, including by foreign entities, is a critical component of achieving food security. Others argue that large scale land acquisitions, or what some refer to as ‘land grabbing,’ on the contrary, undermines efforts to overcome poverty and hunger by further marginalizing already vulnerable groups, including indigenous peoples and smallholder farmers.

The subject of land and investments covers everything from agriculture to mining, affects a diverse range of stakeholders, and remains highly polarizing.

In order to cut through the complexity, the Land Portal Foundation, together with the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), are launching a Thematic Portfolio on Land & Investments.

“Whether you are an investor or a land stakeholder looking to protect your investments or land holdings, this thematic portfolio on land and investments will provide you with the relevant data and connect you with the necessary resources to inform your decision making processes, whatever they may be,” said Laura Meggiolaro, Coordinator of the Land Portal Foundation. “In addition, this thematic portfolio is a powerful tool for research, bringing together the latest news, publications and debates on land and investments.”

This thematic portfolio includes a detailed narrative on land and investments written by CCSI. "The narrative provides an overview of the relationship between land tenure and land investments, the international standards on land investments, the ongoing challenges associated with ensuring responsible investment, as well as ongoing initiatives aimed at increasing investment transparency," said Kaitlin Cordes, Head of Land and Agriculture at CCSI. .

The portfolio includes a table of investment-related indicators from authoritative sources. Several indicators from the World Bank Land Governance Assessment Framework and World Governance Indicators demonstrate the transparency of the investment environment, while data from the Land Matrix database on large-scale land acquisitions shows the scale of current investments around the world.

A diverse range of indicators, including from the Agriculture Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI), the Global Donor Platform Map of Donors, the World Bank Rural Development Indicators and the FAO Agricultural Census, shed light on the agricultural sector, which is intimately related to development, land use and land investments.

The latest news, blogs, events and debates from around the world will help you to keep your finger on the pulse of land and investments around the world. Finally, the nearly 1000 publications consolidated from the Land Library on land and investments from diverse reputable publishers will make this thematic portfolio the go to source of information on land and investments.

This work is funded by the UK Department of International Development (DFID) as part of the Land: Enhancing Governance for Economic Development (LEGEND) program.

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Laura Meggiolaro, Coordinator, Land Portal

Kaitlin Y. Cordes, Head: Land and Agriculture; Lead: Human Rights and Investment, CCSI


Neil Sorensen, Land Portal,, +33.641668648


The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is the only university-based applied research center and forum dedicated to the study, practice and discussion of sustainable international investment. Its mission is to develop practical approaches for governments, investors, communities and other stakeholders to maximize the benefits of international investment for sustainable development.


The Land Portal Foundation works for a world of improved land governance that benefits those with the most insecure land rights and the greatest vulnerability to landlessness. The mission of the Land Portal Foundation is creating the leading online resource for information, data and knowledge-exchange on land governance issues. By working with partners, the Land Portal Foundation is building a better information ecosystem that will support all stakeholders to engage in more informed and inclusive land governance research, debate, advocacy and policy making.



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The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University  dedicated to the study, practice and discussion of sustainable international investment.  As a partner in DFID’s LEGEND program, CCSI has created tools and conducted a suite of practice-focused research concerning the following topics as they relate to large-scale land-based investments in the global south.  


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