• Pakistan woos investors from UAE
    • Khaleej Times
    • 24 Apr 2009

    "Pakistan has finalised plans to offer ownership of agricultural lands to investors for farming, and is targeting investors from the UAE and other Gulf countries to help with their own food resources."

  • Food follies
    • National Interest
    • 24 Apr 2009

    The Federal Minister of Investment in Pakistan, Waqar Ahmed Khan, said this week that the government plans to sell or lease 1 million acres of farmland to foreign investors, primarily from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. Although the news has yet to gain much coverage, if carried out it could punctuate growing unrest and frustration, given Pakistan’s limited amount of arable land and population of more than 170 million.

  • Foreign investors eye rural targets
    • The Australian
    • 24 Apr 2009

    The debate over foreign investment is set to expand from the mining industry to agriculture as overseas investors pour billions of dollars into Australian rural properties considered by some to be strategic national assets.

  • Pakistan land for rent
    • Islam Online
    • 22 Apr 2009

    A cash-strapped Pakistani government plans to sell or rent one million acre land to foreign countries for agricultural purposes in a bid to underpin the country’s troubled economy. “A complete legal cover will be provided to the investors so that even in case of the change of government, they should not be affected.”

  • INTERVIEW - Pakistan offers farmland to foreign investors
    • Reuters
    • 20 Apr 2009

    Pakistan is offering one million acres of farmland, protected by a special security force, for lease or sale to countries seeking to secure their food supplies, an official from the ministry of finance said on Monday.

  • Iffco's investment Down Under shows vision
    • Emirates Business 24/7
    • 19 Apr 2009

    UAE food processing and poultry group Iffco has justifiably ruffled some feathers in Australia. Earlier this year, Iffco acquired a 14.99 per cent stake in Australian Agricultural Company (AAC) from Futuris Corporation for AU$64.7 million (Dh171.6m). AAC is the largest beef cattle company in Australia, running around 500,000 beef cattle on 21 cattle stations comprising 8.2 million hectares.

  • Vision3 signs Agriculture Memorandum of Understanding with Government of Turkey
    • Vision 3
    • 16 Apr 2009

    Vision3, the promoter of AgriCap, the investment vehicle conceived to invest in visionary initiatives across the agriculture sector in the greater MENA region announced today that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the General Directorate of Agricultural Enterprises (TIGEM), a Turkish governmental agency falling under the authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

  • UAE: Strategic plan sought to achieve food security
    • Emirates Business 24/7
    • 15 Apr 2009

    Abu Dhabi's food imports increased considerably during the past two years as the cultivated area contracted and the level of self-sufficiency in several commodities and livestock went down, the emirate's Department of Planning and Economy has revealed. The department yesterday called for a strategic plan to achieve food security through an increase in agricultural investment outside the UAE, especially in Sudan.

  • Jordan to move forward on agricultural investments in Sudan
    • Sudan Times
    • 11 Apr 2009

    Jordan will dispatch a delegation to Sudan next Thursday headed by its agriculture minister Saeed Al-Masri to discuss an agreement on developing food farms in the East African country, according to media reports.

  • Gulf investors target Africa
    • MEED
    • 03 Apr 2009

    African states have actively encouraged Gulf investors into areas like agriculture, seeing them as a useful counterweight to China’s influence.

  • Pakistan to provide food security to UAE
    • Gulf News
    • 27 Mar 2009

    Pakistan has offered UAE investors an opportunity to invest in corporate farming projects back home as a means to secure the UAE's food supplies.

  • Qatar fund to target food and energy
    • Financial Times
    • 13 Mar 2009

    Qatar's sovereign wealth fund will turn its focus to commodities - particularly food and energy - in the second half of 2009, a senior official said yesterday.

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