Is there such a thing as agro-imperialism?

There’s a whole school of economic thought that says that Collier is wrong, that big is not necessarily better in agriculture — and that the land deals therefore might be unwise not because they’re wrong but because they’re unprofitable.

Riyad lorgne sur les terres d’Afrique de l’Est

Un forum Arabie Saoudite/Afrique de l’Est s’est tenu le 15 novembre à Addis Abeba auquel assistaient le ministre saoudien du Commerce et des représentants d’une cinquantaine de compagnies saoudiennes.

Wikileaks: Saudi Arabia investing in Ethiopia to improve food security

Representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture, Commerce and Industry, Finance, and Transportation will participate in a forum on November 14-15 [2009] in Addis Ababa to officially mark the beginning of a cooperative project under which Ethiopia made one million hectares of land available for Saudi private companies to develop.

Hiber Sugar joins forces for convenience sake

BDFC has already been given 17,400ha of land in 2008 for the production of sugar cane, a year after it came to Ethiopia. It is also getting close to receiving an additional 13,000hct in the same area of the Tana-Beles Basin of Jawi Wereda, Hawi Zone of Amhara Regional State.

Ethiopia's farmland in high demand

Officials in Ethiopia hope that the investment can help improve agriculture, replacing ox-and-plough with tractors, but some are concerned about whether the deals benefit the lessors.