Abu Dhabi seeks to lease land for farming in Sudan.
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    • YouTube
    • 06 July 2008
    Invest in Africa? Some say yes, others fear the worst
    The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization is expanding its Abu Dhabi office tenfold to broker deals with farmers in such areas as the Horn of Africa.
    • The National
    • 03 July 2008
    Gulf food security: is there enough, and at what price?
    Both public and private sector investors in the Gulf are also looking at ways to improve local food supplies, by investing in a range of outlets from arable farm land in the Sudan, Algeria and Pakistan to introduce new technology to enhance the local production of foodstuffs and grains, livestock, poultry and fish.
    • The Middle East
    • 01 July 2008
    Arabs diversifying overseas investment
    Globalisation has taken yet another twist with some Middle Eastern countries deciding to grow their crops in other countries.
    • Dawn
    • 23 June 2008
    UAE ‘should invest in foreign farms’
    The UAE and its food-importing neighbours are “particularly vulnerable” to spiralling costs and should make significant investments in “contract farming” in Africa and Asia, says the UN’s Gulf food chief, Dr Kayan Jaff.
    • The National
    • 21 June 2008
    Gulf eyes oil-for-food pacts
    Recent attempts by Persian Gulf countries to invest in farmlands abroad to counter soaring inflation and guarantee long-term food security could prove to be a win-win situation in the short term for both the oil-rich region and its investment-hungry neighbors, but continued high oil prices may neutralize the gains in the long-run, say experts.
    • Inter Press Service
    • 20 June 2008
    Middle East economy: Food outsourcing
    The Saudi government announced that it would co-ordinate with local private-sector companies and invest in strategic agricultural interests in key producer countries such as Brazil, Ukraine, Thailand and India, guaranteeing for itself supplies of cereals, meat and vegetables. It is already in advanced negotiations with Thai investors and a deal on rice farms in Thailand is likely before the end of the year.
    • Economist Intelligence Unit
    • 18 June 2008
    Terres de Sodea-Sogeta?: la phase de présélection est achevée
    La société de développement agricole du Maroc (Sodea) et la Société de gestion des terres agricoles (Sogeta) viennent d’achever la deuxième phase de présélection des candidats pour l’exploitation sous forme de partenariat public-privé de 38?731 ha de terres agricoles, dont 5?800 ha sont déjà plantés.
    • FLD Hebdo
    • 17 June 2008
    Sodea - Sogeta. Rush des soumissionnaires
    Même le groupe émirati Al Qudra (plutôt spécialisé dans l’immobilier) a soumissionné pour une exploitation dans la région d’El Hajeb.
    • TelQuel Magazine
    • 13 June 2008
    Countries Are Renting Farmland Abroad
    As food crisis worsens, some nations are desperate for arable land
    • US News and World Report
    • 12 June 2008
    UAE may invest US$500m in Pakistan farms
    The Government is considering the purchase of farmland worth US$500 million (Dh1.8 billion) in Pakistan as part of a strategy to lower food import costs.
    • The National
    • 08 June 2008
    High food prices make oil sheikhs turn to farming
    To break the runaway inflation that is fuelled by high food costs, Gulf rulers have a new strategy: they are buying unused agricultural land in poor countries like Pakistan, Thailand and Sudan, and becoming large-scale farmers.
    • Economic Times
    • 02 June 2008
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