Searching for Gaddafi’s land deal in Mali

Libya’s Colonel Muammar Gaddafi backed a deal in 2008 to lease 100,000 hectares of Mali’s best farmland. Terms of the agreement, and the contact itself, weren’t released publicly. Many wondered what the deal contained.

Unearthing a Libyan land deal

Irrigated farmland near the Niger River should be the breadbasket of Mali. But a lack of infrastructure, political instability, climate change and botched foreign investment deals mean the region isn't living up to its potential.