Like foreign bases

The Philippine government hopes it can sideline land reform by leasing lands to foreign governments and corporations.

S. Korea leases 94,000 ha in Mindoro

A southwestern province in South Korea has leased 94,000 hectares of farmland in Mindoro to grow 10,000 tons of corn a year for feed for 25 years, a provincial government official said on Tuesday. In Manila, however, agriculture officials were caught unaware of such lease agreement

Food security or economic slavery?

These arrangements are reminiscent of “banana republics” when many African countries served as plantations for European countries -- but even those did not come with such explicit restrictions and rigidities.