• India joins race for land in Africa, China way ahead
    • Hindustan Times
    • 04 May 2009

    After years of competing for overseas oil and mines, India and China are silently scouring the world for their next great need: farmland to grow food.

  • We need our own stimulus package
    • Africa Investor
    • 01 May 2009

    The Ernst & Young office in Addis is currently advising several investors from the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia, who are investing tens of millions of dollars in the agro industry in Ethiopia.

  • Interview-AU: Africa not benefiting from foreign land deals
    • Reuters
    • 28 April 2009

    “African countries have not been in a reasonable bargaining position,” AU Agriculture Commissioner Rhoda Peace Tumusiime told Reuters in an interview at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. “The pace of the trend was very fast and they didn’t envisage that there should be benefits to the community.”

  • Saudis establish agribusiness to invest overseas
    • Reuters
    • 13 April 2009

    An agricultural investment firm owned by the Saudi government will focus on investing abroad to cultivate mainly wheat, rice, sugar and soybeans, a senior agriculture ministry official said on Monday.

  • L'agriculture délocalisable
    • Sud Ouest
    • 12 April 2009

    Des États à la recherche d'autonomie alimentaire et des grands groupes louent des millions d'hectares à l'étranger. Christian Bouquet, spécialiste en géopolitique, explique le phénomène.

  • Saudi investors to put $100 mln into Ethiopia farm
    • Reuters
    • 06 April 2009

    A group of private Saudi investors plans to invest 375 million riyals to plant wheat, barley and rice in Ethiopia

  • Saudi consortium eyes $40 farm investments in Africa
    • Reuters
    • 29 Mar 2009

    A consortium of Saudi agricultural companies is looking to invest 150 million riyals ($40 million) into food production in Africa, the Agriculture Ministry said on Sunday.

  • Arrival of colonialism of the third kind
    • The Daily Sun Star (Dhaka)
    • 17 Mar 2009

    The truth is that if exploitation of a developing country’s natural resources by the West is colonialism, so it is when rich countries of the South do the same.

  • Ethiopia - nazret reader responds to Ambassador Berhanu Kebede's letter to FT
    • Nazret
    • 11 Mar 2009

    "Don’t tell me the Saudis grow food in Ethiopia to feed Ethiopians. Here is the conflict. Food shortage and famine is still rampant in today’s Ethiopia."

  • View of Ethiopia that is out of date
    • Financial Times
    • 11 Mar 2009

    "Huge tracts of unutilised agricultural land are available" writes the Ambassador of Ethiopia to the UK

  • Saudis get first taste of foreign harvest
    • Financial Times
    • 04 Mar 2009

    Saudi Arabia has announced the arrival of the first food crop harvested in Saudi-owned farms abroad, in a sign that the kingdom is moving faster than expected to outsource agricultural production.

  • The Environmental Cost of Euro-Arab Scramble for Africa
    • American Chronicle
    • 26 February 2009

    Reports indicate the growing Euro-Arab-Asian interest to buy land in Africa for the food security of their home population, not Africa´s. However, seldom do these reports link the the appetite for farmland and energy investment on the continent with the current global economic crises.

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