Data troubles

The politics of numbers

It is one thing to have aggregated data about macro-trends in the agricultural investment space, and another to accurately know who is buying up farmland and stakes in agricultural companies in specific places, on which terms and through which kinds of relationships. Although the macro-data presented on this website stems from players with privileged access to the agri-focused world of money management, exploring the world of agricultural investment can quickly turn into an empirical nightmare.

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