If a similar case arises when land invasions happened during the time that a bilateral investment agreement has been signed, then the outcome in South Africa might be quite different, says South African lawyer
O principal grupo agrícola da China, Heilongjiang Beidahuang Nongken Group, anunciou que adquirirá ou arrendará 200 mil hectares de cultivo em países latino-americanos como o Brasil, assim como em Rússia, Filipinas, Austrália e Zimbábue, informou o jornal oficial "China Daily".
El principal grupo agrícola de China, Heilongjiang Beidahuang Nongken Group, anunció hoy que adquirirá o arrendará 200.000 hectáreas de cultivo en países latinoamericanos como Brasil, Argentina y Venezuela, así como en Rusia, Filipinas, Australia y Zimbabue, informó el diario oficial "China Daily".
Amid much talk about the need for "codes of conduct" to help regulate this new phenomenon, I found myself wondering whether Cecil Rhodes would have signed such a code. He probably would, and have then gone on to completely disregard it.
At a recent conference in Cairo, South Africa and Zimbabwe were the only African nations not considered safe havens for foreign farmland investment because of uncertainty about land-reform programmes and unfriendly labour environments.
Farmers from South Korea, Kuwait and the United States have also arrived in Kwara state, some 400 km northwest of Lagos, which is keen to attract more investors and help Nigeria end its import reliance.
While Agri SA has been leading a push for South African farmers to invest and farm in a number of other countries across Africa, including the Republic of Congo, Libya and Zambia, the union has urged its members to stay away from countries where South Africa has no investment protection agreements.