The worldwide rush for land during a period of growing population, and declining food security, heralds "a new era in the struggle for, and control over, land in many areas of the global south," concludes the International Land Coalition in the largest study to date of international land deals, which amounted to 200 million hectares from 2000 to 2010. The rural poor are often the losers in these deals, some 40% of which use land for biofuels production, because of poor governance, corruption, weak land rights and a lack of transparency in decision-making.

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