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Following the money: an advocate’s guide to securing accountability for agricultural investments
This guide is for organisations and individuals working to support communities whose land rights, lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by agricultural investments. It provides guidance on strategies for holding the actors involved in agricultural investments accountable for human rights violations and all sorts of malpractices. It is informed by experiences and lessons learned from activists and practitioners throughout the world. It draws on real life examples of investment projects that have affected local communities and the different strategies used to challenge or change those investments.
This paper has been produced under IIED’s Legal tools for citizen empowerment project.
In recent years, a wave of large-scale acquisitions of farmland for plantation agriculture has taken place in Africa, Asia and Latin America. A complex picture of actors involved up and down the chains of investment in agricultural ventures means that understanding and improving opportunities for accountability at every level is critical in ensuring that investment processes respond to local needs and aspirations.
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