The Land Matrix is a global, independent land monitoring initiative. This website is our Global Observatory:
a public database of large-scale land acquisitions in low and middle-income countries. Decisions over large-scale land investments
affect the livelihoods of millions of people. It’s a big deal. They may create job opportunities, help develop
infrastructure, or increase commodity production. But they also risk worsening poverty,
damaging the environment and violating human rights. Consequently, greater transparency can promote accountability and better decision-making. The Land Matrix is based on best available data, but numbers alone don’t tell a compelling story. Our infographics may assist you in grasping the extent of the phenomenon and its implications by providing familiar references and visual representations of its impact at the global scale. If you wish to dig deeper, you can explore the dataset. You can start from pre-configured entry points, such as by “intention of investment” or “crops”. You can create your own lists using customizable filters. You can also see detailed information about each individual deal, such as spatial location, or the list of sources. Finding and confirming details on large-scale land acquisitions is a complex process due to conflicting sources, poor documentation, and difficulties in collecting raw data. You can help us improve the accuracy of our platform by giving your feedback on existing deals, and sharing new information through the crowdsourcing interface. You can also download the dataset and use it to create your own story. Together, we can build a powerful resource to ensure accountability in land investments.