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World’s Largest Database on International Land Deals Published

The Land Matrix database, published in September by an international coalition of NGOs and research groups, is now the world’s largest database on international land deals since 2000. While reliable data has been hard to find on land grabs, this database offers unprecedented detail on who’s investing, where and what for. However, the data is not fully reliable as access to information in countries varies, and smaller deals are often harder to track. The database includes 1,006 deals covering 70.2 m hectares (half the size of western Europe). The vast majority of deals are for agricultural projects, of which fewer than 30% are for food crops. Almost 20% are for non-food crops such as biofuels and for livestock feed.

You can find the database here.

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