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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.

Wikileaks: Contract farming in Burma

"Since 2005, the Burmese Government has encouraged investors from China, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Kuwait to invest in contract farms," reports the US mission in Rangoon

Qatar land deal not unique to Kenya

The reported land deal between Kenya and Qatar is not unique. The Philippines Department of Agrarian Reform said in 2007 it was looking at large tracts of land for agribusiness development under a MoU signed with China. The memo calls for the development of land to grow hybrid corn, rice and sorghum.