Investing in land in emerging markets is challenging
In many emerging market environments, environmental and social risks can be high. Land tenure disputes are an all-too-frequent example of these risks. Often, land records – if they exist –do not reflect ground-level realities as understood by the communities and individuals owning or using the land. Much of the land available for investment is occupied by people that lack any formal rights. Without local knowledge and understanding, businesses can easily become embroiled in protracted disputes with local people that are costly and reputationally damaging. Equally, local communities will likely be seriously harmed by investments that fail to respect land uses and rights, and include local knowledge and input in the investment design and implementation.
Finding the right partners takes time
The SLP helps businesses articulate their needs and connect to reliable experts, including local providers with expertise in complex processes like consulting with local communities, performing legal and institutional analysis, assessing environmental and social impacts, resolving disputes, and establishing and operating outgrower schemes. We help local experts – including community based organizations, civil society organizations, consulting firms, and independent consultants – identify and support companies interested in achieving more responsible investments aligned with best practice standards.