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  • Solution to Gulf countries’ food scarcity lies in Africa
    • Arab News
    • 30 Jun 2008

    China has taken a lead in efforts to boost Africa’s farm production, putting pressure on GCC states to also find long-term solutions for food supply in Africa

  • 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.

  • Gulf eyes oil-for-food pacts
    • Inter Press Service
    • 20 Jun 2008

    Recent attempts by Persian Gulf countries to invest in farmlands abroad to counter soaring inflation and guarantee long-term food security could prove to be a win-win situation in the short term for both the oil-rich region and its investment-hungry neighbors, but continued high oil prices may neutralize the gains in the long-run, say experts.

  • GCC plans to fight food crisis
    • Gulf Daily News
    • 18 Jun 2008

    A new joint strategy for agricultural investment will be launched by the GCC soon, it was announced in Bahrain yesterday.

  • 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.

  • Farm projects in fertile Arab nations can cut GCC gap
    • Emirates Business 24/7
    • 28 May 2008

    Gulf oil producers need to set up agricultural projects in fertile Arab countries to achieve self-sufficiency and to bridge a massive farm deficit that exceeded $12 billion (Dh44bn) in 2006, a Gulf group said yesterday.

  • Pakistan farm sector eyes major share of GCC's $200b food imports
    • Pakistan Investment Division & Board of Investment Media Release
    • 20 May 2008

    Pakistan’s agriculture sector has the potential to cater to the food requirements of the GCC region, which spends over $200 billion on farm imports.

  • Pakistani farm talks are murky
    • The National
    • 13 May 2008

    Talks aimed at acquiring large agricultural plots of land in Pakistan were not expected to yield results any time soon, a senior Pakistani government official has said.

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