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  • 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.

  • Bangladesh-Myanmar contract farming: Opportunity for Bangladesh to meet agricultural shortfall
    • Asian Tribune
    • 29 Oct 2008

    Myanmar proposed to Bangladesh to take lease of at least 50,000 acres of land in its Rakhine state for contract farming of paddy, onion, maize, soybean, tea, and sugarcane

  • Al Qudra buys land for crops
    • AME info
    • 27 Aug 2008

    Qudra Holding plans to buy about 400,000 hectares of land in the Middle East, Africa and the Far East by the first quarter of 2009 to boost its agriculture operations, reported The National.

  • New Gulf funds find investment niches
    • The National
    • 27 Aug 2008

    Three new investment funds controlled by prominent Gulf investors will sink at least US$2.8 billion (Dh10.3 bn) into infrastructure, agriculture and hospitality projects in the Middle East and South Asia.

  • Al Qudra to buy 400,000 hectares of farmland
    • The National
    • 26 Aug 2008

    Al Qudra Holding, the Abu Dhabi-based investment company, plans to acquire roughly 400,000 hectares of land in the Middle East, East Africa and Far East by the end of the first quarter of next year in a major expansion of its agricultural operations.

  • Bahrain: Investing in Food Security
    • Oxford Business Group
    • 24 Aug 2008

    8In a bid to ensure its long-term food security, Bahrain is negotiating a series of import agreements and investing in farmland in South East Asia.

  • Arabs diversifying overseas investment
    • Dawn
    • 23 Jun 2008

    Globalisation has taken yet another twist with some Middle Eastern countries deciding to grow their crops in other countries.

  • Gulf states seeking food security
    • Dawn
    • 23 Jun 2008

    The Dubai-based think-tank Gulf Research Centre, in its food inflation report released last month, noted that agriculture production in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) countries is on the decline, and its exposure to unstable global food supplies would increase in the future. It called on the GCC to develop links with countries rich in arable land.

  • UAE ‘should invest in foreign farms’
    • The National
    • 21 Jun 2008

    The UAE and its food-importing neighbours are “particularly vulnerable” to spiralling costs and should make significant investments in “contract farming” in Africa and Asia, says the UN’s Gulf food chief, Dr Kayan Jaff.

  • 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.

  • Countries Are Renting Farmland Abroad
    • US News and World Report
    • 12 Jun 2008

    As food crisis worsens, some nations are desperate for arable land

  • 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.

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