The great land rush
Financial Times | 1 March 2016

The great land rush

A global race has begun for one of the world’s most precious resources - land. Big investors are pouring in billions. They promise progress. But their arrival can upend livelihoods - and spark life-and-death struggles. FT correspondents report from Ethiopia, Myanmar and Indonesia. With support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Ethiopia: the billionaire's farm
Mohammed al-Amoudi has spent $200m planting a rice farm the size of 20,000 soccer pitches. But old grievances linger in this fertile corner of a land stalked by hunger.

Myanmar: the dispossessed
Two pipelines stretch from the Bay of Bengal to China. They have opened up a trail of conflict over land, as a nation struggles to open up to the world.

Indonesia: saving the earth
Norway's government has offered Indonesia a billion dollars to save its rainforests. Now its ministers are heading to the Borneo jungle to see if there is any chance of success.

Investors face conflict in quest for land
Canadian pension fund’s purchase led to a backlash

The debate over big land data

Nobody really knows how much land has been acquired for investment and agriculture over the past decade

Podcast: Global land disputes
FT reporters Tom Burgis, Michael Peel and Pilita Clark discuss their findings
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