• Kenya defends plans to parcel out 40,000 hectares to Qatar
    • Daily Nation
    • 11 Jan 2009

    Most of the produce from the proposed project, mainly vegetables and fruits, would be exported to the Gulf. Questions have been raised on why the Government has chosen to lease the land instead of engaging local farmers to boost food security in the country.

  • Vision 3 Alliance holds inaugural board meeting
    • Arab News
    • 09 Jan 2009

    Vision 3, an alliance formed by Gulf Finance House, Ithmaar Bank and Abu Dhabi Investment House, announced the make up of its board at its inaugural meeting yesterday.

  • Investments by UAE in Egypt reach $2.9 billion
    • Emirates Business 24/7
    • 08 Jan 2009

    Egypt will receive a number of UAE delegations next month to discuss proposals involving agriculture, land reclamation and the food industry in southern Egypt, as well as infrastructure and renewable energy projects.

  • Madgascar, Kenya question widsom of foreign land deals
    • Global Voices
    • 21 Dec 2008

    Such blockbuster deals neglect to take into consideration the true interests of the farmers

  • Indonesia looks to Middle East, Gulf oil-rich investors
    • The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
    • 19 Dec 2008

    The government aims to net more investment from Middle East oil state main players next year, in particular in the agricultural sector, despite the global economic downturn, says a government official.

  • Arabs to buy WA land?
    • Farm Weekly
    • 17 Dec 2008

    Agriculture Department denies a recent WA trade delegation visit to several Middle Eastern countries was to promote selling WA agricultural land for grain and livestock.

  • Minister backs Arab farm deals
    • The West
    • 16 Dec 2008

    Agriculture Minister Terry Redman says Western Australia should embrace moves by Arab interests in the Middle East to buy prime Wheatbelt farmland to secure their future food supplies. Two groups from the Middle East are due to visit the State early next year as they consider investments of up to $1 billion in cropping, sheep and dairy production in WA.

  • Mideast nations eye $1bln Australian cropland
    • Reuters
    • 12 Dec 2008

    "They're not talking about $2 or $3 million, they're talking about $20 million to up to $1 billion of investment in big projects," Peter Metcalfe, the director of grain industry development for Western Australia, said in an interview.

  • Gulf nations eye farmland in Australia
    • Reuters
    • 12 Dec 2008

    Middle Eastern countries flush with oil funds want to invest up to $1bn in Australian farmland as they extend a drive for food security to the world’s second-largest wheat exporter, a grains official said yesterday.

  • Rich countries launch great land grab to safeguard food supply
    • The Guardian
    • 22 Nov 2008

    Rich governments and corporations are triggering alarm for the poor as they buy up the rights to millions of hectares of agricultural land in developing countries in an effort to secure their own long-term food supplies.

  • Booming Gulf looks overseas for agriculture needs
    • Associated Press
    • 16 Nov 2008

    Gulf nations now are quietly scouring the globe for rich farmland to rent or buy outright.

  • Global Food Crisis: A Bowl of Opportunities for Muslim World
    • Dinar Standard
    • 03 Nov 2008

    This analysis looks at how the oil-rich Muslim economies could leverage their existing relationships with agriculture based Muslim economies (which have a wide productivity gap with the worlds net agriculture exporters) taking them to globally competitive levels; reaping for themselves high investment returns, securing their own food sources, and contributing to alleviation of the food crisis from other Muslim countries.

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