Rice land grabs undermine food sovereignty in Africa

A couple of years ago, on the sidelines of a summit of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) in Bamako, Mali’s President, Amadou Toumani Touré, offered up 100,000 ha of land within the Office du Niger, Mali’s main rice producing area. Libya, a country flush with petrodollars but lacking in its own food production, effectively runs CEN-SAD and it jumped at the chance.

Lonrho secures rice land deal in Angola

Lonrho, the pan-African conglomerate listed in London, has secured leasehold rights to 25,000 hectares of rice paddies in Angola and is negotiating two bigger land deals in Mali and Malawi, in another sign of investor appetite for African land.

La Libye va valoriser 100.000 hectares de l'Office du Niger au Mali

"Malibya Agriculture", une société à capitaux libyens dédiée au développement agricole au Mali, a décidé de mettre en valeur environ 100.000 hectares de terres dans la zone de l'Office du Niger (centre du pays) en vue de la production de riz hybride, a appris la PANA de bonne source à Bamako.