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Lorenzo Cotula

Lorenzo Cotula is a senior researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), a policy research institute based in the UK. Lorenzo leads IIED's Land Rights Team, undertakes research and policy advocacy on land rights and on investment in agriculture and extractive industries, and coordinates a multi-country program to strengthen local capacity to get a better deal from natural resource investment. Before joining IIED in 2002, Lorenzo worked on assignments with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and with two Italian NGOs. He holds a Law Degree (cum laude) from the University 'La Sapienza' of Rome, an MSc in Development Studies (Distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh.


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The Great African Land Grab?
Agricultural Investments and the Global Food System

Zed Books
In recent years, large-scale land acquisitions in Africa have stoked controversy, making headlines across the world. Dubbed 'land grabs' in the media,...
Lorenzo Cotula

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