14 September 2016
Africa is the most targeted continent for Large Scale Land Acquisition.
Most land transactions occur in sub-Saharan Africa, where an area of the size of Spain is believed to be leased to foreign investors.
Both investors and sellers claim that these land acquisition are meant to reduce poverty and hunger. However globally, Large Scale Land Acquisition raise many concerns about their local economic impact, human rights and fuelling social tensions in already fragile states.
Like many rich countries in the world, South Africa ranks among the top investors in some African countries. Being a targeted country itself, there are limited quantitative studies that describe South African land investments on the continent. Furthermore the motive and implications of such investments are poorly studied. The Land Matrix reports a total of 47 South African land deals covering an intended size of 2 485 241ha, with contract size amounting to a total of 781 013ha as of June 2016.SOUTH AFRICAN LAND INVESTMENTS IN AFRICA SOUTH AFRICAN LAND INVESTMENTS IN AFRICA (849.5 KB)