Database Reveals Land Deals in Africa
Almost five percent of Africa's agricultural land has been bought or leased by investors since 2000, according to an international coalition of researchers and NGOs.
The coalition, which has released the world's largest public database of international land deals, estimates that more than 200 million hectares of land - roughly eight times the size of the United Kingdom - were sold or leased between 2000 and 2010.
The database lifts the lid on a decade of secretive deals struck by governments, investors and speculators seeking large tracts of fertile land in developing countries around the world.
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