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Melanie Sommerville is a doctoral student in geography at UBC, where her research focuses on farmland investment in Canada and globally. Melanie has a long history of involvement in community food security issues and an uncommon passion for matters of agricultural policy and politics.

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    Land rush

    Amid skyrocketing food prices, climate-related instability, and declining soil and water resources, wealthy investors have begun to size up the world’s farmland as both an investment opportunity and a hedge against food crises and political turbulence. Saskatchewan’s farmland has gained a particularly noteworthy reputation, making the province a global hot spot for farmland investment.