Global Food Crisis: A Bowl of Opportunities for Muslim World

This analysis looks at how the oil-rich Muslim economies could leverage their existing relationships with agriculture based Muslim economies (which have a wide productivity gap with the worlds net agriculture exporters) taking them to globally competitive levels; reaping for themselves high investment returns, securing their own food sources, and contributing to alleviation of the food crisis from other Muslim countries.

Valuable lessons to learn now from the Sudan conflict

Recently, Sudan was reported to have leased more than 800,000 hectares of its most fertile land to the Saudis. Several other Gulf countries, including Egypt, are in the process of closing similar deals. It is expected several hundred thousand hectares more will be leased out by the end of this year. The lease tenure is 99 years. At least two generations of Sudanese will have to live with the decisions made by their leader.

The food shortage tsunami

Pakistan’s minister for privatization and investment, at a recently held forum in Dubai, announced that Pakistan was willing to provide land with 100 per cent ownership rights and that the buyers would be free in importing the agri-produce to their country as well.

« Echange pétrodollars contre terres agricoles en Afrique »

Un mariage d’intérêt pourrait naître de l’excédent de liquidités dans les pays du Golfe et de l’abondance de terres arables en Afrique. C’est le vœu de Gulf Finance, Al Ihmar et Abu Dhabi Investment House, trois mousquetaires de la finance islamique qui viennent de mettre en place, fin août, un fonds d’investissement agricole appelé Agricapital.