land investments

Acquisition of land for future benefits

Food Security

Technical experts from G7 donors (UK, US, Germany, France), AU Land Policy Initiative and FAO have compiled a due diligence framework for land related investments based on existing standards, guidance and good practice, to support responsible investments under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

cambodia fishing village
24 August 2017

About 200 people from Kampot and Kandal provinces gathered yesterday at the Land Ministry asking for two separate disputes with development companies to be resolved.

The protesters asked the ministry to take land from the companies for them to us because they were struggling to make a living.

Bo Sambath, a representative of 308 families from Techo Angkanh and Techo Chrey Bak villages in Kampot province, said their dispute over 1,231 hectares with First Bio-Tech Agricultural (Cambodia) began in 2013.

madagascar rice plantation
22 August 2017

(Ecofin Agency) - In an open letter sent to the president of Madagascar on August 17, the Tany group exposed its concerns about land grabbing by foreign investors in the country. For the civil society group, whose objective “is to support the development of Malagasy farmers and citizens and defend their lands and natural resources”, it is urgent to boost land tenure and establish a stricter framework for land related transactions.

Addressing the impact of large-scale oil palm plantations on orangutan conservation in Borneo: A spatial, legal and political economy analysis cover image
Journal Articles & Books
July 2017

Palm oil is one of the most controversial yet ubiquitous agricultural commodities in the world, used in everyday products ranging from cooking oil and chocolate to toothpaste and soap. Over the past few decades, the palm oil industry has contributed significantly to the economic development of Indonesia and Malaysia, which together produce an estimated 85 to 90 per cent of global supply.

15 August 2017


JOHANNESBURG - Habitat for Humanity’s Solid Ground Campaign in association with the Urban CSO Cluster of the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) of UN-HABITAT are hosting a conference in Pretoria, from August 15 to 17.


Sudan Rural Land and Governance Project


The Sudan Rural Land and Governance (SRLG) project is a follow-on project to the Sudan Property Rights Program (SPRP), which assisted the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) to develop a draft land policy based on extensive public consultation and research, as well as provided support to build the capacity of the South Sudan Land Commission (SSLC). The Sudan Rural Land and Governance project helps to harmonize the land policy with the 2009 Land Act, supports two selected States and two Counties governments for more effective land administration and planning.

The goal of this project is to define and establish rural land governance institutions and processes so as to promote property rights, encourage sound land use management, mitigate conflict, reduce the potential for rural landowners to be divested of their land, and to encourage broad based participation in future land allocation, management, and investment decisions.


  • Provide ongoing technical assistance at the National level to South Sudan Land Commission to refine the Land Act 2009 and other related legislation as a result of the final policy outcomes,
  • Develop draft implementing regulations at the State-level to stipulate land governance processes and related institutions in rural areas,
  • Pilot these regulations through establishment and operationalization of at least two County Land Authorities (CLAs), and
  • Build capacity of State and County level land authorities through site specific actions to secure land tenure and improve land use planning in each of the two counties to attract local and foreign investments.

Expected Outcomes

  • 3,758 families/parcels and 286.27 km2 demarcated in Yambio Payam, Western Equatoria State.
  • Communities involved in land inventory consulted on investment planning opportunities, risks and benefits via consultation. Discussions between potential investors and communities have been initiated by the project.
  • Methodology for landscape-scale land use planning in the Sudd area of Bor County completed and Bor County Land Authority trained in its implementation.
  • Land use map and agreed rules governing access and use of the Sudd in Bor County established and will be vetted by the communities.
  • County Land Authority office buildings constructed in Yambio County, Western Equatoria State and Bor County, Jonglei State and officially handed over to the county authorities.
  • Management plans, budgets, and codes of ethics for Yambio County, Western Equatoria State and Bor County, Jonglei State County Land Authorities completed.
  • 20 Yambio County, Western Equatoria State and Bor County, Jonglei State County Land Authority Representatives selected and fully trained to improve technical and management capacity pertaining to land administration and adjudication.
  • Final analysis of Land Act 2009 and other related legislation identifying critical gaps and inconsistencies with the Land Policy completed.
January 2011 to December 2014
Project value
8,998,131 USD
china smog city
8 August 2017

Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Dr. Spencer Cohen – Senior Economist at Community Attributes, a Seattle-based research consultancy, and former senior policy adviser for the Washington Economic Development Commission – is the 102nd in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.” 

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3 August 2017
2 August 2017

Land Portal Foundation Rwanda Country Portfolio provides comprehensive understanding of post-conflict land governance


With tumultuous colonial occupation, civil war and genocide that led to the death of an estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsis in 1994, Rwandans historically endured massive displacements and human rights abuse. Thus, in the 21st century, the rectification of Rwanda’s previously untenable land governance system has become a major priority.