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  • Food security or economic slavery?
    • Business Day
    • 01 Jun 2009

    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.

  • Pakistan opens more farmland to foreigners
    • Reuters
    • 18 May 2009

    Pakistan dramatically increased the amount of farmland open to foreign investors to six million acres, but will require outsiders to share half of their crop with local growers, Pakistan’s investment minister told Reuters.

  • Pakistan on prowl for $10 bln in Gulf help
    • Zawya Dow Jones
    • 16 May 2009

    Pakistan hopes to attract more than $10 billion of investment from oil-rich Arab Gulf countries this year to help develop the country's infrastructure, a senior government official said Saturday.

  • UAE companies eye projects in Pakistan
    • The National
    • 16 May 2009

    Investors from the UAE are considering a number of investments in Pakistan, despite escalating violence in the north-west of the country.

  • Pakistan: The great land grab
    • Dawn
    • 09 May 2009

    THESE days, as we follow the struggle against the Taliban in the northwest, we can be forgiven for missing other important news. For instance, I had filed away a report on plans to lease large chunks of agricultural land in Punjab and Sindh to overseas investors in the back of my mind, planning to write about it later. When I ran a Google search on the subject, however, I realised the enormity of the scam.When I ran a Google search

  • Russia's PAVA to offer farmland to Gulf investors
    • Reuters
    • 06 May 2009

    Russian grain processing firm PAVA plans a farmland investment road show across the Gulf region over the next two months and is open to selling shares to Middle East investors as it aims to triple the land under its control.

  • Rethinking corporate farming
    • Daily Times
    • 05 May 2009

    Our government is planning to offer Arab investors legislative cover to protect them from changes in the government, but hardly any attention has yet been given to the need for protecting poor labourers who will be working for Arab corporate agriculture companies

  • Farmland: selling sensitive ideas
    • Dawn
    • 04 May 2009

    In its bid to experiment with new ideas, the Pakistani government has decided to play host to overseas investors keen on acquiring farmlands to capitalise on food insecurities post-2007-08 crisis.

  • Emirates Investment Group to buy Pakistan farmland
    • Reuters
    • 28 Apr 2009

    Emirates Investment Group is in the process of acquiring farmland in Pakistan to export more food to the Gulf region and is seeking international partners, a company executive said on Tuesday.

  • Interview-AU: Africa not benefiting from foreign land deals
    • Reuters
    • 28 Apr 2009

    “African countries have not been in a reasonable bargaining position,” AU Agriculture Commissioner Rhoda Peace Tumusiime told Reuters in an interview at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. “The pace of the trend was very fast and they didn’t envisage that there should be benefits to the community.”

  • Reassurance must be sown in foreign fields
    • Financial Times
    • 27 Apr 2009

    Saudi officials I have spoken to seem to be aware of the minefields their schemes could ignite.

  • Saudi Arabia looks to foreign farmlands to feed itself
    • Dawn
    • 26 Apr 2009

    The issue of food security is getting higher on Riyadh’s priority list.

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