The reliable availability of agricultural land is the basic prerequisite for sustainable agriculture. Land ownership is unequally distributed in many countries around the world – with social, economic and political consequences. Attempts at reform and redistribution have led to very different and often unintended results. A formative, balanced and predictable land policy requires a suitable institutional framework, good data bases and flanking support in the form of training, agricultural financing and value chain promotion. To this end, we are preparing the procedures and results of a wide range of international land reform approaches.