• High food prices make oil sheikhs turn to farming
      • Economic Times
      • 02 June 2008

      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.

    • Bahrain seeks to secure foodstuff needs
      • BNA
      • 29 May 2008

      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

    • Farm projects in fertile Arab nations can cut GCC gap
      • Emirates Business 24/7
      • 28 May 2008

      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.

    • Somsak seeks stiffer laws to better protect rice farming
      • Bangkok Post
      • 27 May 2008

      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.

    • Rice farmers dig in over foreigners' land
      • Bangkok Post
      • 25 May 2008

      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.

    • China to lease overseas farmland to solve food problem
      • Xinhua
      • 24 May 2008

      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.

    • Thaksin's rice plan angers local farmers
      • Bangkok Post
      • 23 May 2008

      Farmers and activists have opposed a plan for a business consortium from Saudi Arabia to invest in rice farming in Thailand. The scheme is said to be the creation of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Farmers fear they could lose their livelihood and rice farming could be held hostage by foreign investors.

    • Saudi ministers in Sudan to discuss investment potentials
      • Sudan Tribune
      • 23 May 2008

      Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait are among the Arab countries who invest in agriculture in Suda. Also there are some private Saudi investors working in this field in the country.

    • Pakistan farm sector eyes major share of GCC's $200b food imports
      • Pakistan Investment Division & Board of Investment Media Release
      • 20 May 2008

      Pakistan’s agriculture sector has the potential to cater to the food requirements of the GCC region, which spends over $200 billion on farm imports.

    • Richard Spinks of Landkom snaps up Ukraine plots to cash in on high crop prices
      • Wall Street Journal
      • 18 May 2008

      A British entrepreneur is leasing land from smallholders in an attempt to revive the breadbasket of the former Soviet Union

    • Food crisis may divide Middle East's oil haves, have-nots
      • Bloomberg
      • 17 May 2008

      “Buying farms is not a bad thing,” Panos Konandreas, acting director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Geneva, said in a telephone interview. “If you are like Saudi Arabia and have all the resources in the world, you can help farms optimize their strategies and there will be more production.”

    • Saudi Arabia looking to invest in rice
      • Bangkok Post
      • 16 May 2008

      Investors in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's top rice buyers, are looking for joint ventures with Thai partners to invest in rice farming in Thailand and Africa.

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