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ITB: Bread and Soil: the scramble for land

December 6th, 2014

Episode 95 of 836 episodes

Vast global land transactions take place as nations scramble to ensure they can eat. But are these deals always fair? And what happens when yield countries change their mind? In the Balance talks to Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, the man whose job it is to make sure Qatar, a nation which imports 95% of its food, doesn't run out. Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Chief Scientist UN Environment Programme talks about the social and environmental challenges involved in buying land from within vulnerable and unstable African countries and Ken Ash, Director Trade and Agriculture at the OECD tells us why the world needs to wake up to a future in which land ownership and land distribution will look very different.

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