Dr. Lorenzo Cotula is a senior researcher and team leader at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), where he leads work on land and natural resource investment in lower-income countries. Lorenzo undertakes research, capacity building, policy advocacy and advisory work at field, national and international levels. He has published extensively on trends and drivers, legal frameworks, business models and socioeconomic outcomes of land deals in Africa. He holds a Law Degree from the University ‘La Sapienza’ of Rome, an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, a PhD in Law from the University of Edinburgh, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge.
Books by Lorenzo Cotula
Agricultural Investments and the Global Food System
Over the past few years, large-scale land acquisitions in Africa have stoked controversy, making headlines in media reports across the world. Land that only a short time ago seemed of little outside interest is now being sought by international investors to the tune of hundreds of thousands of hectares. Private sector expectations of higher world food and commodity prices, and government concerns about longer-term national food and energy security, have both made land a more attractive asset… (more information)