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PhD Dissertation “In the Aftermath of the Jatropha Boom: Exploring socio-political and ecological dynamics in ‘failed’ jatropha spaces in Ghana”

We are happy to share that Richmond Antwi-Bediako has recently and successfully defended his LANDac-related PhD dissertation “In the Aftermath of the Jatropha Boom: Exploring socio-political and ecological dynamics in ‘failed’ jatropha spaces in Ghana”. His dissertation is… Read More

CCSI: Transparency for Whom? Grounding Land Investment Transparency in the Needs of Local Actors

Transparency is often seen as a means of improving governance and accountability of investment, but its potential to do so is hindered by vague definitions and failures to focus on the needs of key local actors. In a… Read More

CCSI: More Contracts and ESIAs: OpenLandContracts.org

CCSI: More Contracts and ESIAs: OpenLandContracts.org The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment’s online database of contracts and associated agribusinesses, forestry and renewable energy projects, OpenLandContracts.org, has greatly expanded. The database now includes: Contracts and associated documents from 58 countries… Read More

LAND at lunch: Investments and conflict in Cabo Delgado, Northern Mozambique

LAND at lunch: Investments and conflict in Cabo Delgado, Northern Mozambique On April 15, from 12.00 – 13.30 CEST, LANDac organizes a lunch seminar to discuss the ongoing events in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, where violent conflicts have been afflicting… Read More

FAO recent publications: Improving governance of tenure in policy and practice – the ABC of land tenure – Investor perspectives

FAO recent publications: Improving governance of tenure in policy and practice – the ABC of land tenure – Investor perspectives The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has recently published several interesting publications, including peer-reviewed… Read More

IIED | Protecting Indigenous lands: lessons from Chile

In this article by IIED (International Institute for Environment and Development), the Chilean NGO Observatorio Ciudadano shares their story on how they are supporting Indigenous Peoples to combine Human Rights Impact Assessments with investment chain mapping to hold… Read More

IIED and CCSI | Technical support on land-based investments for governments and civil society in low- and middle-income countries

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) are pleased to offer technical support on issues related to land-based investment. This new initiative covers multiple sectors including investments in agriculture,… Read More

Mekong Region Land Governance Project – Chinese Investment into Tissue-Culture Banana Plantations in Kachin State, Myanmar

Chinese Investment into Tissue-Culture Banana Plantations in Kachin State, Myanmar Authors: Daniel Hayward, U Ko Lwin, Yang Bin, and U Htet Kyu Date: 30 November 2020 [summary] In the last decade, Myanmar’s Kachin State has seen a boom… Read More

Vice Versa | Communities need land rights to gain from investments

In the autumn of 2020, Vice Versa publishes a series of articles on transforming African food systems to provide sufficient and healthy food to the growing population, while at the same time generating income and employment for the… Read More