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Land grabs in Africa

With climate change and rising demand for biofuels pushing up food prices, rich countries are increasingly looking for land in poorer nations to feed themselves. But is this at the expense of the host country?

Source:  Copyright 2011, Guardian
Date:  January 28, 2011
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Large-scale international land deals are having a huge impact on local communities. Madeleine Bunting and this month's panel guests discuss the issue and debate whether anything can be done to make these agricultural investments work for global development.

Bunting recently visited the Malibya project in Mali, where Libya has leased 100,000 hectares of land in the main rice region. In her report, she finds that local people have been displaced and there are suspicions that the rice will be sent to Libya rather than be used to feed the local communities.

Back in the studio she is joined by the Guardian's environment editor John Vidal, the director of the International Institute for Environment and Development, Camilla Toulmin, and down the line from Montreal is Devlin Kuyek, from GRAIN, an international NGO that works to support social movements and small-scale farming.

The panel discuss the scale and scope of the problem, the benefits for investors ...

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