All hands to the pumps

Are there any answers to this looming crisis? Some countries are buying land. There is vague talk about governments introducing “water management reforms”. Even more opaquely, there are calls for “multi-country discussions on trans-boundary issues, international trade and investment flows”.

No matter how bad things get, people still need to eat

A conference for fund managers tied to agriculture held annually in Sydney by Austock, an Australian broker, attracted a few dozen contrarian souls three years ago. This year’s event, which began on March 16th, had to be restricted to several hundred ticket-holders, with many others turned away.

China says not pushing to expand farming overseas

China is not pushing to expand overseas farming and Chinese companies are less active in their investment abroad because of concerns of potential political risks, a senior Agriculture Ministry official said on Wednesday.

In Land Grab, Food Is Not the Only Consideration

Governments in developing countries should exercise caution when granting land concessions to foreign governments and corporations. Despite the short-term investments, most – if not all – of the production will be exported, making the long-term food security situation even worse in these host countries.

Multinacionales y gobiernos, a la caza de tierras cultivables

Organizaciones como Vía Campesina -una “internacional” de campesinos que se organizó para resistir la globalización neoliberal y proponer caminos alternativos de soberanía alimentaria- u ONGs nacionales de Brasil, Argentina, Uruguay y otros países están inquietas hace rato por la extranjerización de las tierras, y han forzado en algunos casos la sanción de leyes protectivas.

Le Sénégal accueille le sésame chinois en pleine crise alimentaire.

En novembre 2008, Ouyang Riping, le PDG de la société agricole DTE était en visite au Sénégal. Reçu en grande pompe par Abdoulaye Wade, ils ont célébré “l’amitié sino-sénégalaise” lors d’une cérémonie officielle. En résulte un accord de production : la Chine devrait produire au Sénégal plusieurs tonnes de sésame dans les années à venir.