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Much public debate has focused on agribusiness projects that involve the acquisition of land to establish new plantations. However, many companies acquire existing plantations, or land that has already formed the object of earlier transactions, clearances or allocations for large-scale farming operations. But in taking over an existing operation, a company may also inherit ‘legacy’ land issues that its predecessors left unaddressed.

LEGEND outputs tackle this under-researched topic, developing a framework for understanding and addressing legacy land issues in agribusiness investments – exploring what these issues are, how they can be identified and what measures can be taken to address them.

Addressing legacy land issues in agribusiness investments

Reports & Research

May, 2016


This Analytical Paper explores legacy land issues as they affect agribusiness investments in low- and middle-income countries.

Legacy land issues: Addressing historical disputes in agribusiness investments

Policy Papers & Briefs

November, 2016


This note provides guidance for businesses to identify and address legacy land issues in agricultural investments.