• UN warns of food ‘neo-colonialism’
    • Financial Times
    • 18 Aug 2008

    The race by food-importing countries to secure farmland overseas to improve their food security risks creating a “neo-colonial” system, the United Nations’ top agriculture official, Jacques Diouf, has cautioned.

  • Qatar seeks solution to food crisis
    • The Peninsula
    • 25 Jul 2008

    Dr Kayan Jaff, the FAO’s regional chief, has warned that only a multi-billion dollar investment in agriculture will curb soaring supermarket prices — urging governments to buy up farmland in regions like the Horn of Africa and Asia.

  • Invest in Africa? Some say yes, others fear the worst
    • The National
    • 03 Jul 2008

    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.

  • UAE ‘should invest in foreign farms’
    • The National
    • 21 Jun 2008

    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.

  • GCC plans to fight food crisis
    • Gulf Daily News
    • 18 Jun 2008

    A new joint strategy for agricultural investment will be launched by the GCC soon, it was announced in Bahrain yesterday.

  • Food crisis may divide Middle East's oil haves, have-nots
    • Bloomberg
    • 17 May 2008

    “Buying farms is not a bad thing,” Panos Konandreas, acting director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Geneva, said in a telephone interview. “If you are like Saudi Arabia and have all the resources in the world, you can help farms optimize their strategies and there will be more production.”

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