IIED's director Camilla Toulmin discusses 'land-grabs' on Guardian podcast

News, 28 January 2011

Large-scale international land deals are having a huge impact on local communities. In this podcast produced by The Guardian, journalist Madeleine Bunting and a panel of 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 and what needs to happen in the future to ensure local farmers benefit from foreign investment.

The podcast come ahead of IIED's publication (on 31 January) of its latest research on large-scale land acquisitions in Africa, which includes the first legal analysis of what is in the contracts.

Contact

Mike Shanahan
Press officer
International Institute for Environment and Development
3 Endsleigh Street
London WC1H 0DD
Tel: 44 (0) 207 388 2117
Fax: 44 (0) 207 388 2826
Email: mike.shanahan@iied.org
www.iied.org

Notes to editors

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent, non-profit research institute. Set up in 1971 and based in London, IIED provides expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development (see: www.iied.org).

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