Large-scale land acquisitions continue to be an important
issue for governments, development organisations, NGOs and
farmers’ organisations all over the world; this remains the case
even in times of global economic slowdown, recession and
crisis. The scale of this trend and its significant impacts on rural
transformation and livelihoods make it necessary to further
monitor, observe and positively influence such deals wherever
The Land Matrix Initiative is a global partnership which aims
to improve transparency around large-scale land acquisitions. It
collects and provides data and information through a network
of global and regional partners.
This report aims to contribute to the body of knowledge available
on land acquisitions in low- and middle-income countries by
presenting an up-to-date analysis of the data contained in the
Land Matrix database and providing complementary evidence
based on case studies. It provides a concise overview of general
trends and developments, as well as regional and local insights.
In particular, the report gives an update on recent developments,
zooms in to focus on the key target regions, investigates who
acquires land and discusses emerging evidence on the impacts
of large-scale land acquisitions. Additionally, through a number
of case studies, it provides
insights into realities on the ground.