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The Land Matrix is an independent global land monitoring initiative that promotes transparency and accountability in decisions over large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) in low- and middle-income countries across the world. The initiative actively collects information about land deals from publicly available sources (such as media, internet, research, contracts, and government and company websites), while partner organisations contribute through their own field research. A network of reporters (including civil society organisations, researchers, and practitioners) validate and collect additional information as well. The Land Matrix’s online open access platform strives to stimulate inclusive debate on the trends and impacts of such acquisitions, facilitate wide participation in collecting and sharing information about these deals, and contribute to the growing movement towards open data. In this way, the initiative aims to support greater public involvement in critical decisions that affect the lives of land-users and strengthen the positions of more vulnerable stakeholders in the political and administrative processes that govern access to land.

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Library Resource
September, 2021

A recent study of two Senegalese villages showed how training women on land access is helping them claim their land rights. But disparities in results between locations and the use of customary practices as the preferred way of accessing land highlighted that civil society organisationsstrategies and approaches need to reflect local realities and ensure women from different groups and geographies also benefit.

Library Resource
March, 2021

This comic is based on field research conducted around the Feronia palm oil plantation in Tshopo province in north-east DR Congo as part of a project on ‘environmental defenders and atmospheres of violence’. The story focuses on people living next to the Feronia concession and how they experience and fight against the company. While the names in the comic are fictional;the described events are based on testimonies gathered during field research.

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Reports & Research
November, 2020
Latin America and the Caribbean

El dossier 2020 de la Land Matrix LAC es el segundo que publicamos. De este modo renovamos el compromiso de investigar los efectos sociales y ambientales que generan las transacciones de gran escala y a partir de estos resultados, incidir en políticas publicas que puedan mitigar el acaparamiento de tierras. Una vez más una gran cantidad de instituciones han colocado su trabajo en este dossier. Lo agradecemos y las alentamos a seguir.

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Reports & Research
July, 2020

 Este perfil paÍs presenta una descripción detallada de las GTT en Brasil a partir de datos extraídos utilizando filtros regionales del sitio web de Land Matrix. En algunos casos, se incluyeron transacciones que cumplían con criterios diferentes a los de la base de datos global, tales como aquellas transacciones de alcance meramente nacional o doméstico. Se incluyeron las GTT agrícolas y forestales, entre muchas otras intenciones de inversión, pero se excluyeron aquellas destinadas a operaciones mineras.

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Journal Articles & Books
May, 2020

Soaring food and fuel prices and the instability of global financial markets have prompted agri-businesses, investment banks, and food- and energy-hungry nations to secure resources in countries where land is available, or is made available, for investment. Given that access to land is closely linked to food security, poverty alleviation, sustainable livelihoods and rural transformation, and that large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) can hinder such access, it’s important to monitor these deals.

(please refer to page 12 of the journal to read more) 

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