Update on Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa Special Investigation
In June 2011, the Oakland Institute (OI) went public with the first three reports and eight briefs on land investment deals in seven African countries as part of its project, Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa. Our research revealed a disturbing pattern of a lack of transparency, fairness, and accountability and — for the first time — we put a spotlight on the surprising players behind these investments. We also examined the impact of land deals on local communities, their displacement and loss, and documented the important role small farmers play in preserving biodiversity, sustainability, and economic growth.
The dynamic relationship between research, advocacy, and press has resulted in an amazing string of successes and organizing in the US and abroad. We are happy to share the results (so far) of our work with you.