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Notes to broadcasters on land deal:

In previous issues, FRW provided the following coverage of this issue:
-“Half of country’s arable land leased to South Korea for 99 years” (FRW#45, November 2008): http://weekly.farmradio.org/2008/11/24/madagascar-half-of-country%e2%80%99s-arable-land-leased-to-south-korea-for-99-years-financial-times-bbc/
-“Angola land deal announced; Madagascar land deal on hold” (FRW#52, January 2009): http://weekly.farmradio.org/2009/01/19/africa-angola-land-deal-announced-madagascar-land-deal-on-hold-financial-times-the-daily-telegraph/

You can find maps illustrating the countries which have leased farmland to foreign investors here:
-UNEP: http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/an-increasing-number-of-countries-are-leasing-land-abroad-to-sustain-and-secure-their-food-productio
-GRAIN (scroll down to see maps): http://www.grain.org/landgrab/

You may wish to investigate whether your national government has expressed interest in selling or leasing farmland to a foreign company or government. Questions to consider include:
-Who are the potential buyers or lease holders?
-What crops would be grown on the land?
-What would happen to the crop? (For example, would it be exported in raw form? Would any portion of the crop be processed locally? Would part of the crop be sold locally?)
-At what stage are the negotiations?
-If an agreement has been reached or proposed, what are the terms of the agreement?
-What may happen to farmers or herders who live on or use the area?
-Are there any proposed benefits to locals (such as new roads or employment opportunities)?
-Are any groups advocating on behalf of local people in the negotiation process?

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