Project

The Great Land Rush

A global race has begun for one of the world's most precious resources—land. Across continents, big investors are pouring in billions. They promise progress. But at what cost?

In this project, correspondents from the Financial Times examine how land grabs can upend livelihoods—and spark life-and-death struggles.

Tom Burgis travels to Ethiopia where billionaire 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.

In Myanmar, Michael Peel tells the story of two pipelines that 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.

And finally, Pilita Clark reports on how 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.

March 01, 2016|

Global Land Disputes

Financial Times journalists Tom Burgis, Michael Peel and Pilita Clark traveled to Ethiopia, Myanmar and Indonesia to look at disputes over the sale and ownership of land.