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Tom Burgis Speaks on Knowledge@Wharton Radio

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A global race has begun for one of the world's most precious resources—land. Across continents, big...

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A boy in a dried maize field. Image by Kimberly Flowers USAID via public domain. Ethiopia.
A boy in a dried maize field. Image by Kimberly Flowers USAID via public domain. Ethiopia.

In little more than half a century, the world's population has increased from 2 billion to more than 7 billion. Unfortunately, the size of the planet has not grown at all. This means that land—land on which to live, land on which to plant crops and graze animals—has become an increasingly coveted commodity.

The Financial Times's Investigations Correspondent and Pulitzer Center grantee Tom Burgis talks with Knowledge@Wharton about how global land grabs can upend livelihoods—and spark life-and-death struggles.

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