• Qatar land deal not unique to Kenya
    • The Standard (Nairobi)
    • 06 Jan 2009

    The reported land deal between Kenya and Qatar is not unique. The Philippines Department of Agrarian Reform said in 2007 it was looking at large tracts of land for agribusiness development under a MoU signed with China. The memo calls for the development of land to grow hybrid corn, rice and sorghum.

  • Activists say 'land grab' in poor nations driven by global trends
    • AFP
    • 04 Jan 2009

    Walden Bello said that many of the deals were struck in dysfunctional and corruption-ridden nations, and rejected claims the land being signed away is of poor quality, and that the projects will bring jobs and improve infrastructure. “What we’re talking about is private parties using state contracts to enrich themselves,” he said. “It’s an intersection of corrupt governments and land-hungry nations.”

  • Pays riches et groupe financiers achètent des terres cultivables dans les pays pauvres
    • RTL
    • 23 Dec 2008

    Des pays en quête de ressources alimentaires et des groupes financiers séduits par les perspectives du marché mondial de l'agriculture acquièrent en masse des terres arables dans des pays le plus souvent pauvres ou émergents, un phénomène qui inquiète des ONG.

  • 'Global land grab' causing alarm among NGOs
    • AFP
    • 23 Dec 2008

    The global food and financial crises have combined to create a new form of colonialism in which countries short of resources and corporations desperate for profits are buying up arable land in emerging nations, NGOs say. The non-governmental organisations have expressed concern at this "global land grab," which they say is threatening the survival of rural livelihoods in some parts of the world.

  • Supply response to sky-high prices: Old reliables and an eye-opening new approach
    • The Prairie Star
    • 19 Dec 2008

    Recent unconfirmed media reports suggest that these countries are seeking as much as 20 million acres on which to grow crops that can be shipped back home for domestic consumption.

  • Qatar earmarks $1b for Mindanao projects
    • Manila Standard
    • 17 Dec 2008

    Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap noted that Qatar is looking for about 100,000 hectares of land for food production.

  • China and the great global landgrab
    • Pambazuka
    • 11 Dec 2008

    Stephen Marks looks at the latest rush by China and countries in the middle east to sign lease agreements in poor countries for agricultural production, and what this trend means in terms of food security and access to arable land for local populations.

  • Rich countries carry out '21st century land grab'
    • New Scientist
    • 04 Dec 2008

    Nomadic herders, rarely a priority for governments, are being dispossessed by bioethanol developments in Kenya, says Michael Taylor of the International Land Coalition (ILC), and they also depend on the “unused” land that Madagascar offered Daewoo.

  • Faces of Crisis
    • Inquirer.net
    • 30 Nov 2008

    We had a meeting today on alternative investment vehicles and discussed hard assets. One of the topics was farmland. There’s lots of movement in this space. South Korea just leased more than 1 million hectares in Madagascar for 99 years. Abu Dhabi has publicly announced intent to invest in around 500,000 hectares. This could be an agrarian ace in the hand for the Philippines.

  • Foreign countries scramble for agricultural land in quest for food
    • The Phnom Penh Post
    • 27 Nov 2008

    The food crisis this year generated unprecedented interest in Cambodian agricultural land, and governments are scrambling for access to the country's vast food-growing potential.

  • Cambodia holds land deal talks
    • Financial Times
    • 20 Nov 2008

    Cambodia is in talks with several Asian and Middle Eastern governments to receive as much as $3bn in agricultural investment in return for millions of hectares in land concessions, according to a senior government official.

  • Welcome fades for wealthy nations
    • Financial Times
    • 20 Nov 2008

    The initial welcome given to rich countries’ investment in African farmland by agricultural and development officials has faded as the first ventures prove to be heavily weighted in favour of the investors. The FAO warned of such a trend when it said this year that the race to secure farmland overseas risked creating a “neo-colonial” system.

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