• Thailand’s bloom fades for investors from Gulf
    • The National
    • 23 Sep 2009

    Bangkok was wary of GCC efforts to ensure its food supplies by purchasing rice growing lands, and now political instability is chilling the investment climate. Tom Spender reports

  • Corporate farming
    • Dawn
    • 18 Sep 2009

    During Pervez Musharraf’s time, Beijing had proposed that it be leased 2,000 acres of land for a period of 10 to 15 years with the agreement that China would make technological and financial investments in the land, invest in newer forms of seeds and other products and leave the new infrastructure to the state or the owners after the termination of the contract.

  • The business of land
    • The News
    • 17 Sep 2009

    It is unfortunate that even as deals that involve land which should belong to the people of Pakistan are struck, there has been so little public debate about the plan. We need to be informed of what is planned. Protests need too to be mobilized. In the prevailing political environment of Pakistan, the people who stand to lose the most have almost no spokesmen.

  • Russia's Pava to start Gulf farmland roadshow in Oct
    • Reuters
    • 15 Sep 2009

    PAVA offers its shares to Gulf investors for food supplies. It will start road show to UAE and Saudi in October.

  • Pakistan: Leasing land
    • The News
    • 13 Sep 2009

    There are better means to meet the food needs of the Saudis than to lease thm land that belongs to the state and the people of Pakistan

  • Farmland investment fund is seeking more than Dh1bn
    • The National
    • 12 Sep 2009

    What started as a government drive to secure cheap food resource has now become a viable business model and many Gulf companies are venturing into agricultural investments to diversify their portfolios.

  • Pakistan: Highly questionable farmland deals
    • Business Recorder
    • 10 Sep 2009

    The problem is that we will lose control. Of course, some regulatory framework will be put in place, but it will also include ceding of control over our land resource to foreigners for a yet-to-be-specified time period.

  • Call for GCC 'land grab' policy to stop - experts
    • Arabian Business
    • 07 Sep 2009

    Agricultural experts have called for a halt to moves by Gulf investors to snap up foreign land, amid claims that poor nations are losing much-needed farmland in a calculated land grab.

  • As Ilhas Maurício lideram a corrida para apossar-se de terras para arroz em Moçambique
    • GRAIN
    • 03 Sep 2009

    Ministro das Relações Exteriores das Ilhas Maurício diz que seu governo assegurou uma vasta área de terra em Moçambique para produzir arroz para seu país.

  • MoI to offer 7m acres of agri land to foreigners
    • Daily Times
    • 02 Sep 2009

    Pakistan's Ministry of Investment has decided to offer more than 7 million acres of farmland for long-term investment to the Emirates Investment Group and others. China and Saudi Arabia are also interested.

  • Saudi in talks to lease Pakistan farmland
    • Reuters
    • 01 Sep 2009

    In April, concerns over farmers’ rights led the government of Pakistan’s Balochistan province to block direct deals between United Arab Emirates-based private investors and farmers.

  • Pakistan: Our leaders' voluntary submission to colonisation
    • News International
    • 26 Aug 2009

    Instead of offering incentives on a similar scale to local farmers, Islamabad is offering legal and tax concessions, with legislative cover, to foreign investors in the form of specialised agricultural and livestock 'free zones' and may also introduce legislation to exempt such investors from government-imposed tax bans. The most worrisome aspect of such wheeling-dealing is the government's decision to develop a new security force of 100,000 men spread across the four provinces to ensure stability of the Arab investments.

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