Land Rush

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November 8th, 2014, 4:15pm – 6:00pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L12 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue

As food prices rise, agribusiness has started to move into Africa in search of big profits and stable food supplies. Land Rush tells the story of a Malian farming community’s struggle to save itself from an onslaught of land-grabbing foreign agro-investors. From U.S. sugar cane growers to Chinese and Saudi Arabian producers, Mali is awash with foreign investors working hand-in-hand with the Malian government. But peasant leaders are determined to protect the rights of small-scale subsistence farmers who stand to lose out in these deals. The documentary follows American sugar developer, Mima Nedelcovych’s Sosumar scheme - a $600 million partnership between the government of Mali to lease 200-square kilometres of prime agricultural land for a plantation and a factory. Many Malian peasants see this as yet another manifestation of imperialism. The scheme is highly controversial and a military coup changes everything.