Foras International

Who's behind the land grabs?

A slide show by GRAIN that profiles some of those who have been most actively pursuing or supporting farmland grabs around the world.

Kazansummit 2011

At the III International Islamic Business and Finance Summit in Tatarstan, Russia representatives of Saudi Arabia's Foras Investments requested 10,000 ha of land in Tatarstan for agricultural projects.

The great African land rush

"Only 12% of [the land investors have acquired in Africa in the last few years] is actually being farmed," Oxfam Senegal's Head of Economic Justice Lamine Ndiaye says. "The other 88% is just sitting there. It's just for speculation. You buy it, and three years later, you sell it at a higher price."

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.