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  • GCC states look abroad to meet food needs
    • Emirates Business 24/7
    • 03 Mar 2010

    Gulf oil producers have abandoned long-standing nationalistic policies of achieving food self-sufficiency and switched to a more realistic approach of using their strong financial muscle to invest in farm projects in fertile countries.

  • Mideast supplies: Slowdown in Gulf states’ dash for farmland
    • Financial Times
    • 26 Jan 2010

    The urgency among Gulf states to pursue farmland acquisitions has diminished as food prices have gone down and controversy has gone up. Still, Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with its plans.

  • From the Bosphorus: Straight - A proposal to be stewed, roasted, baked or boiled
    • Hurriyet
    • 04 Jan 2010

    This proposal smacks of the 18th and 19th century capitalizations of the Ottoman government that made Turkey a vassal of European powers. Thanks Mr. Korkmaz. But no thanks.

  • Food security keeps its place at the table
    • The National
    • 17 Dec 2009

    What do the Berlin Wall and the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) have in common?

  • Sudan eyes $6 bln-$7 bln investment in 2010
    • Reuters
    • 15 Dec 2009

    Sudan's minister of state for investment said yesterday he expects investments of $6-7 billion in the country in 2010, adding that Africa's largest nation is seeing increased interest in its agricultural sector.

  • Baghdad calls on GCC to ensure its food security by investing in Iraq lands
    • Gulf News
    • 12 Dec 2009

    Baghdad has suggested that Gulf Cooperation Council countries invest in Iraq farms to help revive its agriculture and ensure the Gulf's food security locally.

  • When wise investing leads to full stomachs
    • The National
    • 16 Nov 2009

    Why produce a low-value crop such as wheat using expensive water when the FAO says the global wheat harvest will this year be second only to last year’s record?

  • Thailand’s bloom fades for investors from Gulf
    • The National
    • 23 Sep 2009

    Bangkok was wary of GCC efforts to ensure its food supplies by purchasing rice growing lands, and now political instability is chilling the investment climate. Tom Spender reports

  • Call for GCC 'land grab' policy to stop - experts
    • Arabian Business
    • 07 Sep 2009

    Agricultural experts have called for a halt to moves by Gulf investors to snap up foreign land, amid claims that poor nations are losing much-needed farmland in a calculated land grab.

  • Thailand set for food deals with the Gulf
    • Bangkok Post
    • 18 Aug 2009

    Thailand is poised to establish joint ventures with Gulf states to secure rice, processed agricultural products and food supplies for the oil-rich countries. But the government has reiterated that foreigners will not be allowed to invest in farming and livestock businesses in Thailand.

  • GCC vulnerable to price rises
    • Gulf News
    • 11 Aug 2009

    The Gulf countries remain 'highly vulnerable' to commodity price volatility on international markets, as the recent surge in sugar prices shows.

  • Farmers forgotten in oil-for-food deals
    • Asia Times
    • 31 Jul 2009

    Southeast Asian countries took big steps towards formalizing food-for-oil deals with Gulf states at a June meeting between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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