Improving food security in Arab countries: Is land acquisition a viable strategy?
    Saudi Arabia and the UAE are worldwide leaders in buying farmland in third-party countries, followed by China and Japan, says the World Bank.
    • World Bank
    • 31 Jan 2009
    South Korean investors to grow corn in Indonesian islands
    PT Daewoo Logistic Indonesia and Cheil Jedang Samsung will jointly build an integrated corn industry on the islands of Buru and Sumba with an investment of US$50 million.
    • Antara
    • 28 Jan 2009
    Qatar, Malaysia agree on joint investments
    Qatar and Malaysia have agreed to look at the possibility of investing in Islamic countries, particularly in growing food. Malaysian Foreign Minister Dr Rais Yatim told Gulf Times that certain states in his country did have land for joint cultivation but “what we are encouraging is for the two countries to go, for example, to Indonesia, or to another (Muslim) country”.
    • Gulf Times
    • 22 Jan 2009
    Indonesia Sets Ambitious $5bn Investment Target Ahead of Islamic Economic Forum
    Tanri said the government was eager to encourage and provide support to deep-pocketed business leaders from the Middle East to invest in Indonesia.
    • Jakarta Globe
    • 17 Jan 2009
    Indonesia looks to Middle East, Gulf oil-rich investors
    The government aims to net more investment from Middle East oil state main players next year, in particular in the agricultural sector, despite the global economic downturn, says a government official.
    • The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
    • 19 Dec 2008
    Ruée mondiale vers les terres cultivables
    Le cas malgache n’est pas isolé. Une véritable ruée vers les terres agricoles est engagée à l’échelle mondiale.
    • Afrik.com
    • 09 Dec 2008
    Binladin Group may invest $4.3 b on rice in Papua
    Saudi-based investment firm Binladin Group is mulling at investing on agriculture projects here worth an estimated US$4.3 billion, which will be spent within the course of 15 years, says an official.
    • The Jakarta Post
    • 08 Dec 2008
    Farmers' self reliance the only means to develop sustainable food security
    Deputy for agriculture and fisheries to the coordinating minister for economic affairs Bayu Krisnamurthi earlier said that the government had given a priority to a regulation pertaining to the development of food estates to support Indonesia`s food security. According to him, the economic affairs coordinating ministry was drafting a regulation, 90 percent of which had been completed.
    • Antara
    • 08 Dec 2008
    Foreign countries scramble for agricultural land in quest for food
    The food crisis this year generated unprecedented interest in Cambodian agricultural land, and governments are scrambling for access to the country's vast food-growing potential.
    • The Phnom Penh Post
    • 27 Nov 2008
    Welcome fades for wealthy nations
    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.
    • Financial Times
    • 20 Nov 2008
    Saudi's Binladin Group to complete agricultural investment study soon
    The Saudi Arabia-based Binladin Group is expected to wrap up a feasibility study by the end of this year on investment in a massive food business program that will be located primarily in the eastern part of Indonesia, a senior official says.
    • Jakarta Post
    • 19 Nov 2008
    South Korea's Daewoo to grow corn in Madagascar
    South Korea's Daewoo Logistics will plant corn in Madagascar, a company official said on Tuesday, with a long-term aim to replace more than half the corn it currently imports from mostly the United States.
    • Reuters
    • 18 Nov 2008
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