• Minister backs Arab farm deals
    • The West
    • 16 December 2008

    Agriculture Minister Terry Redman says Western Australia should embrace moves by Arab interests in the Middle East to buy prime Wheatbelt farmland to secure their future food supplies. Two groups from the Middle East are due to visit the State early next year as they consider investments of up to $1 billion in cropping, sheep and dairy production in WA.

  • Mideast nations eye $1bln Australian cropland
    • Reuters
    • 12 December 2008

    "They're not talking about $2 or $3 million, they're talking about $20 million to up to $1 billion of investment in big projects," Peter Metcalfe, the director of grain industry development for Western Australia, said in an interview.

  • Gulf nations eye farmland in Australia
    • Reuters
    • 12 December 2008

    Middle Eastern countries flush with oil funds want to invest up to $1bn in Australian farmland as they extend a drive for food security to the world’s second-largest wheat exporter, a grains official said yesterday.

  • Rich countries launch great land grab to safeguard food supply
    • The Guardian
    • 22 November 2008

    Rich governments and corporations are triggering alarm for the poor as they buy up the rights to millions of hectares of agricultural land in developing countries in an effort to secure their own long-term food supplies.

  • Booming Gulf looks overseas for agriculture needs
    • Associated Press
    • 16 November 2008

    Gulf nations now are quietly scouring the globe for rich farmland to rent or buy outright.

  • Global Food Crisis: A Bowl of Opportunities for Muslim World
    • Dinar Standard
    • 03 November 2008

    This analysis looks at how the oil-rich Muslim economies could leverage their existing relationships with agriculture based Muslim economies (which have a wide productivity gap with the worlds net agriculture exporters) taking them to globally competitive levels; reaping for themselves high investment returns, securing their own food sources, and contributing to alleviation of the food crisis from other Muslim countries.

  • 3 Gulf firms sign major farm deal with Turkey
    • Arab News
    • 02 November 2008

    Vision3, an alliance of three major Gulf financial institutions, has signed a landmark deal with Turkey paving the way for nearly $9 billion investment in Turkey’s agricultural sector.

  • Asset-backed Real Islamic Investments Offer Remedy to Financial Uncertainties, says UK-based cru Investment Management
    • Zawya
    • 25 October 2008

    The fund, which will invest in commercial agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, has dual-purpose - to ensure returns in the range of 15-20 per cent, while the investment helps to create jobs and give rural Africans the chance to help themselves out of poverty. Currently, cru has significant exposure to commercial agriculture in Malawi with over 2,500 hectares of land under its own control and another 4,000 hectares in outgrower schemes.

  • UAE examines farm future
    • The National
    • 19 October 2008

    Some experts believe that the emphasis should be on overseas agricultural investments as well as a boost in trade relationships, due to the unavoidable handicaps to domestic agriculture.

  • Rising wheat crisis | Pakistan eyeing corporate farming
    • The Post
    • 12 October 2008

    Talks are on with investors from Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia. 25,000 Punjab villages will be affected.

  • Philippines keen on UAE investments
    • Gulf News
    • 07 October 2008

    Margarito B. Teves, Finance Secretary of the Philippines, spoke to Gulf News about the potential for joint investment initiatives between the UAE and the Philippines. "The UAE can count on the Philippines as a reliable supplier of food products permissible under Sharia."

  • FACTBOX: Investing in Africa: Land and agriculture
    • Reuters
    • 07 October 2008

    Soaring food prices, supply fears among import-dependent countries and rising demand for biofuels have driven up investment in agricultural land, notably in Africa.

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