27 April 2012. guardian.co.uk. New international land deals database reveals rush to buy up Africa. World’s largest public database lifts lid on the extent and secretive nature of the global demand for land.
Almost 5% of Africa‘s agricultural land has been bought or leased by investors since 2000, according to an international coalition of researchers and NGOs that has released the world’s largest public database of international land deals.
Researchers estimate that more than 200m hectares (495m acres) of land – roughly eight times the size of the UK – were sold or leased between 2000 and 2010. Details of 1,006 deals covering 70.2m hectares mostly in Africa, Asia and Latin America were published by the…Read more here.