Land Rush

Here's the first of 8 BBC Storyville Why Poverty? projects - an initiative that was announced a couple of weeks ago that will see a set of 8 ground-breaking international documentaries screening in November in 180 countries, that will explore why, in the 21st century, 1 billion people still live in poverty.

Titled Land Rush, the film looks at food security and the rush for arable land as vast tracks of the developing world are bought up or leased by multi-national agribusiness.

Directed by Hugo Berkeley and Osvalde Lewat, the film follows a collection of investors and developers as they attempt to find a new, more inclusive model of development in Mali. But the question is, what impact will this have on the lives of the local farmers?

Airing in the last week of November, more than 70 broadcasters throughout the world, covering more than 180 countries will join in putting poverty firmly on the global agenda. The lot of films are expected to reach around 500-800 million people worldwide. The films are produced in partnership with The Open University.

By the way, this initiative announcement comes the day after the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which fell on October 17th.

Here's the trailer for Land Rush: