• Top Abraaj executives arrested on US fraud charges
    • Reuters
    • 11 April 2019

    Founder and CEO of the firm that was active in the rush to buy global farmland on the heels of the 2008 financial crisis has been arrested for defrauding investors, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • Behind the spectacular fall from grace of private equity firm Abraaj
    • Deal Street Asia
    • 30 July 2018

    Abraaj Capital, the PE firm that was very active in the rush to buy global farmland after the food financial crises of 2008, has collapsed and is under investigation for “mismanagement, comingling of funds and misappropriation of assets"

  • Why Gulf money did not flow into agriculture?
    • Dawn
    • 20 October 2014

    Pakistan is now turning to agribusiness rather than land sales as a means of luring Gulf investment.

  • Agrarian mirage: Gulf foreign direct investment in Pakistan’s agricultural sector
    • MEI
    • 02 October 2014

    How did such a promising idea (which appeared to offer a textbook example of a win-win situation) fail?

  • Abraaj Captial is said to be in talks to buy stake in Citadel of Egypt
    • Bloomberg
    • 08 June 2011

    Both companies are active farmland investors, with Citadel controlling a reported 200,000 hectares in Sudan and operating Egypt's largest dairy farm.

  • Investing abroad to secure food at home
    • Gulf News
    • 09 Mar 2011

    Gulf states are following in the footsteps of China and looking beyond their shores to make heavy investments in agriculture

  • When wise investing leads to full stomachs
    • The National
    • 16 November 2009

    Why produce a low-value crop such as wheat using expensive water when the FAO says the global wheat harvest will this year be second only to last year’s record?

  • Giving away the family silver
    • Newsline
    • 26 October 2009

    If all these land deals will be beneficial to Pakistan in the long run, why is the government refusing to divulge the details of what is the citizens’ common property?

  • Corporate farming…A wise development strategy or land grab?
    • Desertification
    • 08 October 2009

    Critics say that by seeking to solve their food shortage problem through foreign farmland acquisitions, the rich emerging economies may succeed in producing enough quantity for their populations but may in the long-term be exporting their food insecurity to other nations.

  • Pakistan: Our leaders' voluntary submission to colonisation
    • News International
    • 26 August 2009

    Instead of offering incentives on a similar scale to local farmers, Islamabad is offering legal and tax concessions, with legislative cover, to foreign investors in the form of specialised agricultural and livestock 'free zones' and may also introduce legislation to exempt such investors from government-imposed tax bans. The most worrisome aspect of such wheeling-dealing is the government's decision to develop a new security force of 100,000 men spread across the four provinces to ensure stability of the Arab investments.

  • Pakistan: The great land grab
    • Dawn
    • 09 May 2009

    THESE days, as we follow the struggle against the Taliban in the northwest, we can be forgiven for missing other important news. For instance, I had filed away a report on plans to lease large chunks of agricultural land in Punjab and Sindh to overseas investors in the back of my mind, planning to write about it later. When I ran a Google search on the subject, however, I realised the enormity of the scam.When I ran a Google search

  • Much tilling without harvest
    • Zawya
    • 16 April 2009

    Essentially, the Middle East is left with two choices. “The region has to import. The question is, invest abroad or rely on the free market?” said Dr Eckart Woertz, program manager in economics at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai.

  • Send a letter calling on the financial backers of Agilis Partners to stop the land grabs and human rights violations against the Kiryandongo community in Uganda
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