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Large-scale acquisition of farmland (over 1,000 ha) whether by purchase , leases or other means.

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By Paul van der Molen, emeritus professor, ITC, University of Twente

Authors: 
Marcello De Maria
Global

Despite the fact that land is intrinsically fixed in space, a new transnational market for land is born. Indeed, data from the Land Matrix suggests that in the last 16 years 77.5 million hectares of land – a surface slightly smaller than the entire Mozambique – have been transferred to international investors or are currently under negotiation. More than 140 countries are involved in this international market for land either as investor country, or as target country, or both.

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It was December and the school grounds were empty. Students and staff of Langata Road Primary School in Nairobi were home for the holidays, enjoying the break from lessons during the hot, sticky days.

At first no one noticed when builders moved onto the property with bricks and cement. Within two days they had built an impenetrable wall around the playground, cutting off the school buildings from the large grassy spot where students once played on the swings.

Photo source:  Synergos Institute via Flickr/Creative Commons (CC By-NC-ND 2.0). Photo: © Synergos Institute
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New research examining the geographical coverage of international investment treaties raises concern about how they might affect public action to address 'land grabbing'.

It is increasingly clear that the international legal arrangements governing the global economy can have direct implications for land governance. 

Photo source:  Synergos Institute via Flickr/Creative Commons (CC By-NC-ND 2.0). Photo: © Synergos Institute
Global

New research examining the geographical coverage of international investment treaties raises concern about how they might affect public action to address 'land grabbing'.

It is increasingly clear that the international legal arrangements governing the global economy can have direct implications for land governance. 

Global

29 October by Tiago Stichelmans - EURODAD

Instead of taking suggestions on board from CSOs or its own monitoring bodies, the World Bank continues to push its agenda at the expense of small-scale farmers. In essence, this makes it easier for foreign investors, at the potential cost of local farmers.

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The Gecko Project is an investigative journalism initiative established to shine a light on the corruption driving land grabs and the destruction of tropical rainforests. It seeks to create and maintain a sense of urgency over the role of large land deals, predominantly for food production, in some of the most pressing global challenges: climate change, the collapse of biodiversity, food security, and the rights of indigenous peoples and other rural communities. We aim to achieve this through the production and promotion of in-depth, high-quality and accessible journalism.

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