The Land Matrix Initiative (LMI) is a global and independent initiative that monitors competition over land use in the Global South. Its goal is to facilitate an open development community of citizens, researchers, policy-makers, and technology specialists to promote transparency and accountability in decisions over land and large-scale land-based investment. The GIGA is a key partner in this initiative and hosts the Land Matrix Database. The third phase of the Land Matrix aims at upscaling the use and generation of its data at different levels and across different stakeholder categories.
BMZ, EU, DEZA, 2019-2023
In the third phase, the LMI proposes to upscale the use and generation of its data at different levels and across different stakeholder categories to contribute to transparent and inclusive decisions over land. This requires, first, to develop further the basis for evidence-informed decisions through improvements in scope and quality of data collection and strengthened efforts in research (analysis and interpretation of data). Second, the LMI will more actively contribute with reliable and relevant data to policy processes at global, regional level, as well as national levels. Third, the LMI as a decentralised network will invest in better coordination of its activities from data production to communication.
Preliminary findings show the need for more responsible land investments in targeted lower- and middle-income countries, but land deals remain opaque. There is a necessity of mandatory due diligence in global supply chains. As an important, quicker, and more feasible step, the global policies (such as G20) should commit to increasing transparency by (1) supporting transparency initiatives, (2) making contracts publicly available, and (3) encouraging companies to release relevant information. Open data can then be used by relevant stakeholders to hold investors accountable.