Film & Discussion: Land Rush - On Land Grab In Mali
Documentary film screening and post-film discussion with
Nunu Kidane (Priority Africa Network) and Eric Holt-Giménez (Food First)
- 60 percent of all the world's arable land is in Africa. In recent years, large agribusinesses have started to move in, often forcing out subsistence farmers. One country looking to open up to new agricultural opportunities is Mali.
- 75 percent of Mali's population are farmers, and many Malian peasants do not welcome these efforts, seeing them as yet another manifestation of imperialism.
Follows American sugar developer Mima Nedelcovych's Sosumar scheme - a $600 million partnership between the Government of Mali to lease 200-square kilometers of peasant farmland for sugarcane production.