Losing Ground: Land Grabs and the Fight for Justice
Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
New York, NY
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Fordham University Lincoln Center
155 West 60th Street between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenues, McMahon Hall Room 109
Presented by Oxfam, Normal Life Pictures, and Fordham University
No matter where we live, we all rely on land and farmers to put food on the table. Join us for a screening of the film Land Rush, a documentary co-directed by Hugo Berkeley and Osvalde Lewat and produced by Eli Cane. The film, part of the Peabody award-winning Why Poverty? series has been screened around the world, including on PBS, BBC4, NHK, and others. Following the film there will be a dynamic panel discussion. Description of film & full list of panelists below.
The event is free but advanced registration is required.
"Fantastically comprehensive without ever losing sight of the human beings at the epicenter. Wonderful."
The story: The 2008 economic crash had global ramifications which led to food shortages across the world. As a consequence, many investors began viewing agricultural land across the developing world as an increasingly valuable commodity. Between 2000 and 2010, land deals under consideration or negotiation worldwide amounted to a total of 2 million square kilometers. Many investors set their sights on countries such as Mali, where they saw significant land not producing to its highest potential. In Mali, nearly seventy-five per cent of the population relies on farming, so foreign investment is set to have a huge impact on the population.
Land Rush offers complicated and nuanced look at the interplay between corporations seeking to invest and local communities. The film focuses on attempts develop a massive sugar plantation on the land where hundreds of thousands of people live and farm.
Eli Cane, Producer of "Land Rush"
Professor Steven Stoll, environmental historian and a professor of history at Fordham University
Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director of FoodFirst/Institute for Food and Development Policy
Moderated by Irit Tamir, Senior Campaigns and Advocacy Advisor for Oxfam America
Host Committee (list in formation):
Adjoa Tetteh, Sierra Club's Global Population and Environment Program; Andre Rivera & Kelly Moltzen, Franciscan Earth Corps; Andres Martinez-Villalobos, International Public Service Association, NYU Wagner; Austin Abel & Isabella Gross, Oxfam at United Nations International School; Benjy Schechner & Nell Simon, FeelGood Columbia University; Diana Mendez, Oxfam America at Pace; Eli Cane, Normal Life Pictures; Gareth Bryant, Muslims Giving Back; Kelly Moltzen, Greater New York Dietetic Association & NY Faith and Justice; members of Oxfam Action Corps NYC
Light snacks will also be provided.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. ALL ARE WELCOME.
To learn more about Oxfam's campaign on land grabs and to take action, go to www.behindthebrands.org.
For more information, please contact the Oxfam Action Corps NYC at email@example.com
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