Watch/discuss how land grabs impact farmers in Losing Ground

No matter where we live, we all rely on land and farmers to put food on the table. This event is a good opportunity for city farmers to see how issues of land are affecting small-scale farmers around the world. Join us for a screening of the film Land Rush, a documentary co-directed by Hugo Berkeley and Osvalde Lewat and produced by Eli Cane. The film, part of the Peabody award-winning Why Poverty? series has been screened around the world, including on PBS, BBC4, NHK, and others. Following the film there will be a dynamic panel discussion. Description of film & full list of panelists below.

The event is free but advanced registration is required at

"Fantastically comprehensive without ever losing sight of the human beings at the epicenter. Wonderful."
-The Guardian

The story: The 2008 economic crash had global ramifications which led to food shortages across the world. As a consequence, many investors began viewing agricultural land across the developing world as an increasingly valuable commodity. Between 2000 and 2010, land deals under consideration or negotiation worldwide amounted to a total of 2 million square kilometers. Many investors set their sights on countries such as Mali, where they saw significant land not producing to its highest potential. In Mali, nearly seventy-five per cent of the population relies on farming, so foreign investment is set to have a huge impact on the population.

Land Rush offers complicated and nuanced look at the interplay between corporations seeking to invest and local communities. The film focuses on attempts develop a massive sugar plantation on the land where hundreds of thousands of people live and farm.

Speakers/Panelists include:
Eli Cane, Producer of "Land Rush"
Professor Steven Stoll, environmental historian and a professor of history at Fordham University
Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director of FoodFirst/Institute for Food and Development Policy
Moderated by Irit Tamir, Senior Campaigns and Advocacy Advisor for Oxfam America

Light snacks will also be provided.


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