Saudi Arabia

Great resource rush

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are among the top four countries on a massive investment spree to acquire agricultural resources.

Food fears feed global scramble for land

Sixty years on, controversial agricultural projects are back in fashion in Africa and other parts of the developing world as investors - from foreign governments to wealthy individuals - hunt for land to grow food.

Middle Eastern investors “grab” Sudan farmland

Dalla Al Baraka, a Saudi conglomerate with $5 billion in annual revenue, has acquired two million acres of farmland in eastern Sudan to produce food for export to the Middle Eastern kingdom. While the investors are hoping to wean Saudi Arabia off imports from South America, such agreements cause concern among local Sudanese farmers.