Land grabbing: the losers in the "win-win" situation

Four months ago I travelled to the United Arab Emirates and the Philippines to research agriculture's new land grab phenomenon as part of my postgraduate research. I expected my findings to be a blend of arguments from both sides of the debate. However, I concluded that there was a strong case to be made against the proposition of a "win-win" situation for every stakeholder.

Acaparamiento de tierras, un nuevo expolio africano

Ama Biney escribe para Pambazuka News sobre la nueva avalancha de acaparamientos de tierras en África por parte de gobiernos extranjeros e inversores privados, movidos por el temor a una escasez mundial de alimentos provocada por el cambio climático y a una volatilidad en los precios de éstos en el mercado internacional

USDA mission eyes $330-M business deals in Luzon

A US Department of Agriculture-led investment scanning of potential business matches in the Philippines has identified $330 million worth of prospects in agriculture, with large tracts of land offered along the pattern provided to Saudi Arabian business groups

DA earmarks P40B for support services

Many foreign companies are now positioning for investments in the Philippines such as the Far East Agriculture Corp., a consortium of at least 10 agribusiness companies from Saudi Arabia. Next month, these companies are expected go back to the Philippines for site selection in areas of rice, corn, poultry and livestock production.

Arroyo to visit KSA next week

Philippine President Arroyo will meet with Saudi Minister of Agriculture Fahd Bin Abdulrahman Balghunaim to discuss bilateral agricultural projects and with members of the Saudi business community for talks on proposals for investments in the Philippines.