Law plays a key role in shifting control over the world’s natural resources, including agricultural land.
- Law and Political Economy
05 Sep 2019
To complement litigation efforts, an alternative and flexible mechanism to defending land rights is more effective — tailored to the local context and supporting communities to make informed decisions about what forms of redress to pursue
Report by IIED reviews the approaches European and North American bilateral DFIs use to address land rights issues in the agriculture sector.
Today, certain legal arrangements are facilitating unsustainable resource extraction and shifting resource control in favour of commercial interests.
The fact that fewer new investments are being publicly recorded does not mean we should be complacent. Past deals are now being implemented, and communities are feeling the squeeze. Helping them obtain redress when violations occur is a priority.
This report by IIED discusses evolving patterns in land use investments, developments in investment frameworks, and implications for legal empowerment approaches.
We invite you to participate in the first biennial Investor Survey on Land Rights. The survey will track investor and operator perceptions and practices related to land tenure and property rights in land-based investments. The survey is being conducted by Indufor North America, managed by the Cloudburst Group, and initiated by USAID. The European Investment Bank is pleased to endorse this initiative.
In a draft paper presented at the World Bank annual conference on land and poverty, IIED takes stock of evidence and lessons from trends in natural resource investments over the period 2006-2016.
Lorenzo Cotula discusses highlights from his latest academic piece, in which he explores whether investment treaties protect 'land grab' deals, and how these impact the land rights of rural people.
Changes in legal frameworks are redefining control over natural resources, and facilitating transitions toward more commercialised land relations
Unless proactive steps are taken to enable women to have a stronger voice, large-scale agribusiness projects will leave them even more marginalised.
The commodity slump has cooled the global land rush. But land rights are still under pressure, requiring action at local to global levels.