The meeting brought together Economic and Trade Ministers from the UAE, Ghana, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Macedonia to discuss how direct investment could be channeled into agribusiness to achieve food security and prosperity.
he governor Abdul Rahman Al Khidir has meanwhile stressed when he received the UAE investors of Al Mohair Group, specialized in agricultural production in West Omdurman, that the state is ready to provide all necessary assistance so that the production reach its peak.
Eisa Al Ghurair, chairman of Al Ghurair Resources, the agricultural commodities arm of Dubai-based Al Ghurair Investment, warned on Monday of investors buying farmland in foreign countries, citing political risk.
Gulf countries have accumulated a lot of bad press, while having no commercial or strategic benefits from overseas farming intiatives, says Eckart Woertz, Senior Research Fellow at Barcelona Centre for International Affairs.
UAE-based Al Dahra Agriculture aims to pump water from the country's Aswan High Dam reservoir and deliver it via a 50-kilometre canal to 100,000 acres of reclaimed farmland 60 km from the border with Sudan.
Desde a última grande crise alimentar, governos e empresas de nações ricas têm comprado ou arrendado terras férteis de países em desenvolvimento, em especial na África. Benefícios desses negócios para as populações locais? Poucos ou nenhum.
Egyptian PM Ibrahim Mahlab met with UAE Minister of State Ahmed Al Jaber and officials of Al Dahra Agriculture to assure them that the Egyptian government is removing obstacles to the company's projects in Toshka.