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  • Middle East economy: Food outsourcing
    • Economist Intelligence Unit
    • 18 Jun 2008

    The Saudi government announced that it would co-ordinate with local private-sector companies and invest in strategic agricultural interests in key producer countries such as Brazil, Ukraine, Thailand and India, guaranteeing for itself supplies of cereals, meat and vegetables. It is already in advanced negotiations with Thai investors and a deal on rice farms in Thailand is likely before the end of the year.

  • Saudi Arabia in talks with Sudan and others to secure food needs
    • Bahrain Tribune
    • 15 Jun 2008

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is in talks with Sudan and other countries to grow grains to meet its strategic food needs.

  • Saudis plan to grow crops overseas
    • Financial Times
    • 13 Jun 2008

    Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans to develop large-scale overseas agricultural projects to secure food supplies, revealing that Riyadh is in discussions with Ukraine, Pakistan, Sudan, Turkey and Egypt.

  • Bahrain eyes farmland in Philippines
    • Reuters
    • 11 Jun 2008

    Bahrain wants to invest in rice farmland in the Philippines, the world's top importer of the grain, in a move to boost food security as global food supplies become increasingly expensive, traders said on Wednesday.

  • Abu Dhabi looks to Sudan to secure food supply
    • Financial Times
    • 03 Jun 2008

    Abu Dhabi is preparing to launch a large-scale agricultural project in Sudan to develop more than 70,000 acres of land as part of the oil-rich Gulf emirate's efforts to secure food supplies.

  • High food prices make oil sheikhs turn to farming
    • Economic Times
    • 02 Jun 2008

    To break the runaway inflation that is fuelled by high food costs, Gulf rulers have a new strategy: they are buying unused agricultural land in poor countries like Pakistan, Thailand and Sudan, and becoming large-scale farmers.

  • Rice farmers dig in over foreigners' land
    • Bangkok Post
    • 25 May 2008

    The Thai Farmers Association called on concerned agencies yesterday to look into land occupation by foreign businessmen, which has made many of the country's rice farmers landless.

  • Thaksin's rice plan angers local farmers
    • Bangkok Post
    • 23 May 2008

    Farmers and activists have opposed a plan for a business consortium from Saudi Arabia to invest in rice farming in Thailand. The scheme is said to be the creation of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Farmers fear they could lose their livelihood and rice farming could be held hostage by foreign investors.

  • Saudi ministers in Sudan to discuss investment potentials
    • Sudan Tribune
    • 23 May 2008

    Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait are among the Arab countries who invest in agriculture in Suda. Also there are some private Saudi investors working in this field in the country.

  • Pakistan farm sector eyes major share of GCC's $200b food imports
    • Pakistan Investment Division & Board of Investment Media Release
    • 20 May 2008

    Pakistan’s agriculture sector has the potential to cater to the food requirements of the GCC region, which spends over $200 billion on farm imports.

  • Saudi Arabia looking to invest in rice
    • Bangkok Post
    • 16 May 2008

    Investors in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's top rice buyers, are looking for joint ventures with Thai partners to invest in rice farming in Thailand and Africa.

  • Saudi Arabia moves agriculture abroad
    • Market Research Analyst
    • 12 May 2008

    Saudi government moves agriculture abroad by investing in farming of staple commodities in Thailand, Brazil, India and other countries. This move represents a classic case of “absolute advantage” economy.

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