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Overseas farm projects to be insured

The Agricultural Development Fund, the Islamic Development Bank and the Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment & Development are holding talks to provide insurance on the agricultural projects being funded by King Abdullah's Initiative for Saudi Agricultural Investment Abroad

Arab world urged to close food supply gap

In an effort to help tackle food security, officials yesterday agreed to double the capital of the Arab Authority for Agriculture Investment and Development, a multilateral lender aimed at promoting investment in agriculture.

AAID may build grain stocks site for Gulf

AAID is also setting up an agricultural land investment company, in conjunction with Saudi investors, which will start with capital of $60 million to acquire land in Egypt, Sudan and Kazakhstan.

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.

Gulf Arab states to launch $2 bln agriculture fund

Gulf Arab states will pour $2 billion into a new agricultural fund in coming months to secure food supplies by buying stakes in existing agricultural firms, an executive involved in the fund's creation said on Sunday.

Riyadh paves way for foreign ventures

Since details emerged of Saudi Arabia’s plans to ensure supplies of wheat, rice, corn, soya beans and alfalfa through overseas agricultural investments, officials have insisted that they intended the programme to be private-sector led.

Much tilling without harvest

Essentially, the Middle East is left with two choices. “The region has to import. The question is, invest abroad or rely on the free market?” said Dr Eckart Woertz, program manager in economics at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai.