With a massive Chinese rice plantation project floundering, the Tsakane farmers of Xai-Xai offer a vivid demonstration that perhaps the best way to grow more food is to give poor food producers more land.
In order to facilitate private sector investment in agriculture, the Government of Zimbabwe will expedite issuance of bankable 99 year leases to allow farmers access to funding from financial institutions.
Decades-long legal battle over ancestral land had forced indigenous people to occupy other areas to make a living. Their loss of land has largely been driven by cattle, about 2.7 million people live in Mato Grosso do Sul, as do 22 million cattle, according to FAMASUL, a farmers' association in the state.
The peace agreement signed between Makpele chiefdom and Natural Habitat was as a result of concern over land grabbing where large tracts of land in the chiefdom are leased to the commercial investor by a small fraction of community stakeholders.
Farm and asset management company Gunn Agri announced it has finalized the acquisition of Abingdon Downs, a 484,000-hectare breeding property in Queensland, Australia from the Keough Cattle Company, for an undisclosed sum.
The South African state-workers’ pension funds and black-economic empowerment group Pelo Agricultural Ventures take a majority stake in Karan Beef (Pty) Ltd., owner of the continent’s largest cattle feedlot.