Land grabbing is the term for large-scale land acquisition by wealthy investors, mainly in developing countries. This is also happening in eastern Germany, where formerly state-owned agricultural land is going to the highest bidder.
When a group of Brazilian families occupied disused farmland they found lifeless soil and water. Fifteen years on, they have brought it back to health. Their story is part of a larger battle over Brazil's farming future.
African governments selling land to foreign investors has increased dramatically over the past decade. As the Africa Film Festival in Cologne showed, many filmmakers are now tackling the difficult subject in their work.
Erecting a few wind turbines on privatized, once communist farmland doesn't entitle Germany to claw back potentially lucrative power earnings, a top appeal court has ruled. It's voided part of a 2005 land sales contract.
Soils are a double-edged climate sword. They are huge reservoirs of organic carbon and can act as a carbon sink. But they can also release CO2 into the atmosphere when used unsustainably.
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