UAE may invest US$500m in Pakistan farms
      The Government is considering the purchase of farmland worth US$500 million (Dh1.8 billion) in Pakistan as part of a strategy to lower food import costs.
      • The National
      • 08 June 2008
      Australia Welcomes Korean Investment in Agriculture
      "If Korea wants to invest in agriculture, Australia is open for business," Australian Ambassador to Seoul Peter Rowe said in a recent interview with The Korea Times.
      • Korea Times
      • 08 June 2008
      Agricultural investment
      Agacpita President Steven Johnston explains the philosophy of investing in farmland
      • Real Investments Television
      • 06 June 2008
      Food Is Gold, So Billions Invested in Farming
      Huge investment funds have already poured hundreds of billions of dollars into booming financial markets for commodities like wheat, corn and soybeans. But a few big private investors are starting to make bolder and longer-term bets that the world’s need for food will greatly increase — by buying farmland, fertilizer, grain elevators and shipping equipment.
      • New York Times
      • 05 June 2008
      Nationalistic capitalism and the food crisis
      One would expect China to add food crops, or farm land, into its growing number of arrangements with African nations, which could explain part of China’s support for Robert Mugabe in that potential breadbasket, Zimbabwe (one report states that China has already received rights to farm 250,000 acres, or 1,000 square kilometres, of corn in southern Zimbabwe).
      • China Dialogue
      • 03 June 2008
      Thailand promises more rice for Bahrain
      Bahrain is inviting private companies to set up joint ventures to invest in farmland in Thailand.
      • Trade Arabia
      • 03 June 2008
      High food prices make oil sheikhs turn to farming
      To break the runaway inflation that is fuelled by high food costs, Gulf rulers have a new strategy: they are buying unused agricultural land in poor countries like Pakistan, Thailand and Sudan, and becoming large-scale farmers.
      • Economic Times
      • 02 June 2008
      Bahrain seeks to secure foodstuff needs
      Bahrain Minister of Industry and Commerce Dr. Hassan bin Abdullah Fakhro pointed out today that an agreement was reached with officials in the Philippines to allocate large plots of land to grow Basmati rice in a bid to secure the Kingdom's needs for such a product at reasonable prices
      • BNA
      • 29 May 2008
      Farm projects in fertile Arab nations can cut GCC gap
      Gulf oil producers need to set up agricultural projects in fertile Arab countries to achieve self-sufficiency and to bridge a massive farm deficit that exceeded $12 billion (Dh44bn) in 2006, a Gulf group said yesterday.
      • Emirates Business 24/7
      • 28 May 2008
      Somsak seeks stiffer laws to better protect rice farming
      Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Somsak Prissananantakul is set to toughen the enforcement of land ownership laws to keep rice farming areas out of foreign investors' reach.
      • Bangkok Post
      • 27 May 2008
      Rice farmers dig in over foreigners' land
      The Thai Farmers Association called on concerned agencies yesterday to look into land occupation by foreign businessmen, which has made many of the country's rice farmers landless.
      • Bangkok Post
      • 25 May 2008
      China to lease overseas farmland to solve food problem
      In March 2004, an agreement was signed between southwest China's Chongqing Municipal government and the Lao government to cooperatively build a comprehensive agricultural park in Laos for Chinese enterprises to produce grain. Leasing farmland overseas to produce grain has become a new way for China, a country with the world's greatest population but comparatively scarce soil resources, to solve its food supply problem.
      • Xinhua
      • 24 May 2008
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