• Existing laws seen adequate to prevent foreign exploitation
    • Bangkok Post
    • 13 Jul 2009

    Nigeria allows foreigners -- like Thailand's Riceland International Co -- to lease land for growing rice and to run rice-related businesses including milling and processing.

  • Wikileaks: Qatari officials discuss currency, sovereign wealth funds, investment, and Iran with Secretary Paulson
    • Wikileaks
    • 04 Jun 2009

    "Finance Minister Yousef Hussein Kamal said he had personally been traveling to Vietnam, Cambodia, Yemen, Sudan, Tajikistan, and elsewhere to look into investing in agricultural production for the Qatari market," reports the US Embassy in Doha about a visit from US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson

  • Gulf investment offers hope for Africa
    • The National
    • 31 May 2009

    Between 2007 and mid-2008, Gulf states and their government-backed businesses spent US$15 billion (Dh55bn) in sub-Saharan Africa alone, much of it in the drive for food security

  • Mideast grabs land elsewhere
    • CNN
    • 21 May 2009

    CNN's John Defterios takes a look at how Middle Eastern countries are scouring the globe for farmland.

  • Vietnam set to grow rubbers on Cambodia, Laos estates
    • Bloomberg
    • 22 Mar 2009

    Vietnam Rubber Group, the nation’s largest producer and exporter, plans to plant 200,000 hectares of trees in neighboring Laos and Cambodia, betting on a rebound in global demand in the next decade.

  • No matter how bad things get, people still need to eat
    • The Economist
    • 18 Mar 2009

    A conference for fund managers tied to agriculture held annually in Sydney by Austock, an Australian broker, attracted a few dozen contrarian souls three years ago. This year’s event, which began on March 16th, had to be restricted to several hundred ticket-holders, with many others turned away.

  • Vietnam aims to lease land for rice crops
    • Phnom Penh Post
    • 26 Feb 2009

    Vietnam, the world's second-largest rice producer, plans to lease Cambodian farmland to grow rice in areas close to the border, officials said this week.

  • Sheep imported from UAE for breeding and meat
    • Vietnam Business News
    • 22 Feb 2009

    A flock of 360 sheep imported from the UAE landed at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport Saturday, Ninh Thuan Province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said.

  • Saudi Gets First Rice Produced by Locals Abroad
    • Reuters
    • 27 Jan 2009

    Saudi Arabia, one of the world's biggest rice importers, has received the first batch of rice to be produced abroad by local investors, state news agency SPA reported on Monday.

  • Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives Minister of Commerce and Industry
    • S.Arabia MoFA
    • 25 Jan 2009

    King Abdullah received today Saudi Arabia's Minister of Commerce and Industry accompanied by two Saudi businessmen Mohammad Hussein Al-Amoudi and Abdullah Hassan Al-Masri on the occasion of the arrival of the earliest produce of their rice to the Kingdom.

  • Large Emirates market opens up for more Vietnamese commodities
    • VNS
    • 18 Dec 2008

    "A number of agriculture investment projects are also in the pipeline. We are co-ordinating with some regions to find areas to plant rice for export to the UAE."

  • Welcome fades for wealthy nations
    • Financial Times
    • 20 Nov 2008

    The initial welcome given to rich countries’ investment in African farmland by agricultural and development officials has faded as the first ventures prove to be heavily weighted in favour of the investors. The FAO warned of such a trend when it said this year that the race to secure farmland overseas risked creating a “neo-colonial” system.

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