• 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.

  • Thailand promises more rice for Bahrain
    • Trade Arabia
    • 03 Jun 2008

    Bahrain is inviting private companies to set up joint ventures to invest in farmland in Thailand.

  • 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.

  • Bahrain seeks to secure foodstuff needs
    • BNA
    • 29 May 2008

    Bahrain Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr. Hassan bin Abdullah Fakhro pointed out today that an agreement was reached with officials in the Philippines to allocate large plots of land to grow Basmati rice in a bid to secure the Kingdom's needs for such a product at reasonable prices

  • Somsak seeks stiffer laws to better protect rice farming
    • Bangkok Post
    • 27 May 2008

    Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Somsak Prissananantakul is set to toughen the enforcement of land ownership laws to keep rice farming areas out of foreign investors' reach.

  • 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.

  • Food crisis may divide Middle East's oil haves, have-nots
    • Bloomberg
    • 17 May 2008

    “Buying farms is not a bad thing,” Panos Konandreas, acting director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Geneva, said in a telephone interview. “If you are like Saudi Arabia and have all the resources in the world, you can help farms optimize their strategies and there will be more production.”

  • 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.

  • Food Fight: Wealthy nations buying up land for food
    • Marketplace / American Public Media
    • 09 May 2008

    This week, Saudi Arabia announced plans to invest in overseas fisheries, livestock and food production, and is reportedly trying to partner with Thai rice farms to lock in future supplies. Libya is in talks with Ukraine about growing wheat there, and as China tries to feed its expanding middle class, it’s looking to buy up farmland in Africa and South America.

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