In 2007, a spike in commodity prices triggered a sudden increase in demand for agricultural land across the world.
It was believed that commercial investors in the Global North speculated on a rise in land and commodity prices. And governments aimed to ensure food security without dependence on the volatile world commodity market by buying up land, largely in the Global South.
Now, almost ten years have after the term “land grabbing” first entered the popular imagination, large-scale land acquisitions remain shrouded in secrecy.
The Land Matrix Initiative aims to shine some light in the deals by providing open access …read more
Source: The Conversation