Last week, the Land Matrix "land grab" database was released. On paper, they have a strong methodology and strict criteria about projects to be included. In practice, they seem to violate their own rules, at least when it comes to Chinese "projects" in Africa.
The global rush to buy farmland continues, and international investors are focusing on the poorest countries with weak land-rights security for deals, according to a report by the Land Matrix research group.
An international coalition of NGOs and research groups has published the world's largest database of land grab deals struck since 2000, offering unprecedented detail on who's investing, where and what for.
Les achats massifs de terres par des investisseurs étrangers dans le Tiers-Monde, vantés comme un moyen de sortir leurs populations du sous-développement, n'ont eu jusqu'à présent que de rares retombées sur l'emploi local, selon un rapport publié vendredi.
Report looks at why it is vital to transform the secretive culture behind large scale land deals and sets out in detail what tools governments, companies and citizens can harness to ensure that this happens.