• Farmland: selling sensitive ideas
    • Dawn
    • 04 May 2009

    In its bid to experiment with new ideas, the Pakistani government has decided to play host to overseas investors keen on acquiring farmlands to capitalise on food insecurities post-2007-08 crisis.

  • Emirates Investment Group to buy Pakistan farmland
    • Reuters
    • 28 April 2009

    Emirates Investment Group is in the process of acquiring farmland in Pakistan to export more food to the Gulf region and is seeking international partners, a company executive said on Tuesday.

  • 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.”

  • Reassurance must be sown in foreign fields
    • Financial Times
    • 27 April 2009

    Saudi officials I have spoken to seem to be aware of the minefields their schemes could ignite.

  • Saudi Arabia looks to foreign farmlands to feed itself
    • Dawn
    • 26 April 2009

    The issue of food security is getting higher on Riyadh’s priority list.

  • Pakistan woos investors from UAE
    • Khaleej Times
    • 24 April 2009

    "Pakistan has finalised plans to offer ownership of agricultural lands to investors for farming, and is targeting investors from the UAE and other Gulf countries to help with their own food resources."

  • Food follies
    • National Interest
    • 24 April 2009

    The Federal Minister of Investment in Pakistan, Waqar Ahmed Khan, said this week that the government plans to sell or lease 1 million acres of farmland to foreign investors, primarily from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. Although the news has yet to gain much coverage, if carried out it could punctuate growing unrest and frustration, given Pakistan’s limited amount of arable land and population of more than 170 million.

  • Foreign investors eye rural targets
    • The Australian
    • 24 April 2009

    The debate over foreign investment is set to expand from the mining industry to agriculture as overseas investors pour billions of dollars into Australian rural properties considered by some to be strategic national assets.

  • Pakistan land for rent
    • Islam Online
    • 22 April 2009

    A cash-strapped Pakistani government plans to sell or rent one million acre land to foreign countries for agricultural purposes in a bid to underpin the country’s troubled economy. “A complete legal cover will be provided to the investors so that even in case of the change of government, they should not be affected.”

  • INTERVIEW - Pakistan offers farmland to foreign investors
    • Reuters
    • 20 April 2009

    Pakistan is offering one million acres of farmland, protected by a special security force, for lease or sale to countries seeking to secure their food supplies, an official from the ministry of finance said on Monday.

  • Iffco's investment Down Under shows vision
    • Emirates Business 24/7
    • 19 April 2009

    UAE food processing and poultry group Iffco has justifiably ruffled some feathers in Australia. Earlier this year, Iffco acquired a 14.99 per cent stake in Australian Agricultural Company (AAC) from Futuris Corporation for AU$64.7 million (Dh171.6m). AAC is the largest beef cattle company in Australia, running around 500,000 beef cattle on 21 cattle stations comprising 8.2 million hectares.

  • Vision3 signs Agriculture Memorandum of Understanding with Government of Turkey
    • Vision 3
    • 16 April 2009

    Vision3, the promoter of AgriCap, the investment vehicle conceived to invest in visionary initiatives across the agriculture sector in the greater MENA region announced today that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the General Directorate of Agricultural Enterprises (TIGEM), a Turkish governmental agency falling under the authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

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