Lorenzo Cotula's blog posts
14 Nov 2013 | Land acquisitions and rights, Law
As trade talks regain momentum, ‘land grab’ activists are scrutinising negotiations and pioneering new opportunities for public accountability.
16 Oct 2013 | Land acquisitions and rights
A new report claims that European demand for biofuels is not to blame for land acquisitions in poorer countries. But evidence suggests that the issue is more complex than the biofuels... ›
15 Jul 2013 | Land acquisitions and rights, Policy and planning
African governments have played a key role in allocating land to investors. Recent developments hold out promise for more carefully thought out approaches by them in the future.
01 May 2013 | Land acquisitions and rights, Law
A recent US judgment is a setback in efforts to improve corporate accountability, but promising developments elsewhere are creating new opportunities.
17 Apr 2013 | Land acquisitions and rights
Greater transparency was a key theme at the World Bank land conference last week. Transparency is critical, but without greater accountability to local communities it is not enough.
08 Mar 2013 | Land acquisitions and rights, Law
A new Canada-Benin investment treaty contains more balanced provisions than most. But a real shift in treaty making requires African governments and civil society to seek a better deal for... ›
06 Dec 2012 | Food and agriculture, Governance, Land acquisitions and rights
Agricultural investment policies favour big businesses, a new report shows. We must reshape them so investments meet local people's needs.
24 Oct 2012 | Land acquisitions and rights
Given the challenges, developing rigorous methods to assess how the rush for land is exacerbating land scarcity and affecting people locally is perhaps the most promising way to measure... ›
22 Feb 2012 | Land acquisitions and rights, Law
"Land grabs" are now one of the biggest issues in Africa.Over the past few years, companies and foreign governments have been leasing large areas of land in some of Africa's poorest... ›
13 Oct 2011 | Land acquisitions and rights
Imagine you live in a small village in Africa. You and your family cultivate a small plot of land, graze livestock on village land and collect fire wood from a nearby forest – just as your... ›