With the passing of a law in 2012 opening the door to foreign investment in farmland in Turkey, Gulf countries are increasing their investments in agriculture and livestock, as they aim to meet their homeland's food needs.
Anadolu Etap is a joint venture between the Turkish companies Anadolu Group and Özgörkey Holding and the Cutrale Group, owned by one of Brazil's largest orange and soybean farming families. The company has 6 different farms covering 2.500 ha in Turkey.
Turkey plans to lease farmlands in African countries as thousands of its own farmers have gone out of business amid decreased government support and an aggressive construction drive swallowing arable lands.
Ethiopia's huge agricultural output has brought about an economic miracle for the nation. But inhabitants are being pushed out of their native land by foreign investors and have no share in the profits.
Amid outcries from local residents against the foreign acquisition of agricultural lands in several Georgian regions, some experts have drafted recommendations to amend the Law of Georgia on the Ownership of Agricultural Land.