Guides to Land Contracts

As part of CCSI’s efforts to make investor-state contracts for land, agriculture, and forestry projects more readily available and accessible, CCSI has created a range of guides and other resources to assist users of OpenLandContracts.org and others in better understanding these agreements.

  • The Guide to Land Contracts in Agricultural Projects was prepared by International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) staff and volunteers in collaboration with CCSI. It was developed to assist non-lawyers in better understanding agricultural investment contracts, such as those available on OpenLandContracts.org. Agricultural investment contracts can be complex, and some provisions may be difficult to understand. The Guide provides explanations for a range of common provisions, and includes a Glossary of legal and technical terms.
  • The  Guide to Land Contracts in Forestry Projects was also prepared by ISLP staff and volunteers in collaboration with CCSI. It aims to assist OpenLandContracts.org users in unpacking the technical provisions and language typically found in forestry contracts in order to better understand the contracts and the potential implications of specific provisions across a range of stakeholder interests. *Note: A revised version of this Guide was published in January 2017.*

CCSI also offers Self-Study Training Modules, which are designed to enable users of OpenLandContracts.org to independently engage with and learn more about the repository and land contracts more generally. Prior to commencing the self-study training, please read the accompanying Guidance Note listed on the Guides page. This self-study training includes four modules, each provided as a separate set of PDF slides:

Training Module One: OpenLandContracts.org: Introduction and Key Features
Training Module Two: Analyzing Land Contracts using OpenLandContracts.org
Training Module Three: Understanding Land Contracts and Land Investments
Training Module Four: Land Contract Transparency: Benefits and Limits

The Self-Study Training Modules are designed to be used in combination with a contract analysis exercise.

To supplement these Modules, CCSI has also published two tutorial videos: the first video introduces OpenLandContracts.org and showcases how the repository can be used to search for and view land contracts; the second video showcases the “Clips” tool, a feature designed to help users compare annotations from one or more contracts on OpenLandContracts.org.