• Chinese debate pros and cons of overseas farming investments
      • The Guardian
      • 11 May 2008

      “It is the government’s policy to encourage all companies to go abroad, including agricultural firms,” a Chinese Agriculture Ministry official told Reuters.

    • Food Fight: Wealthy nations buying up land for food
      • Marketplace / American Public Media
      • 09 May 2008

      This week, Saudi Arabia announced plans to invest in overseas fisheries, livestock and food production, and is reportedly trying to partner with Thai rice farms to lock in future supplies. Libya is in talks with Ukraine about growing wheat there, and as China tries to feed its expanding middle class, it’s looking to buy up farmland in Africa and South America.

    • Firm will grow rice in Africa
      • China Daily
      • 09 May 2008

      Chongqing Seed Corp has decided to cultivate rice on 300 hectares in Tanzania from 2009

    • CHINA: Buying Farmland Abroad, Ensuring Food Security
      • IPS
      • 09 May 2008

      Rattled by rapidly rising global grain prices, China is looking at strategies to ensure long-term food security for its 1.3 billion people such as procuring farmland overseas and opposing the formation of any international grain price-fixing monopolies.

    • China overseas food push not realistic
      • Reuters
      • 09 May 2008

      China's private firms are pushing to invest in farms overseas, but policy debates over whether this is in China's strategic interest have so far stopped the trend becoming an explicit government policy, a senior official said on Friday.

    • UAE may buy Pakistan farms
      • The National
      • 06 May 2008

      Inflation and the spectre of long-term food shortages have prompted the UAE Government to consider a new strategic investment – the purchase of large-scale farms in Pakistan and other countries.

    • Over $3bn committed to Pakistan agri and dairy sector
      • AME info
      • 05 May 2008

      MAP Services Group announced the setup of a Middle East Food Fund in partnership with various Gulf partners to act as a food production basket serving the region. The fund will invest in the agriculture sector in Pakistan, Egypt and Georgia for food and food-related products to be produced for the Gulf region.

    • China farms the world to feed a ravenous economy
      • The Associated Press
      • 04 May 2008

      As Beijing scrambles to feed its galloping economy, it has already scoured the world for mining and logging concessions. Now it is turning to crops to feed its people and industries. Chinese enterprises are snapping up vast tracts of land abroad and forging contract farming deals.

    • Outbound Agri-Investment Lures China's Enterprises
      • CRIENGLISH.com
      • 30 April 2008

      The worldwide food shortage has spurred enthusiasm among Chinese enterprises to invest in overseas agriculture sectors. South America and Russia are likely to become the new destinations for agricultural investments from China.

    • Firms to invest in farms in Pakistan
      • Emirates Business 24/7
      • 28 April 2008

      The worldwide shortage of food grains coupled with high food prices is driving leading food companies and investors from the UAE to Pakistan in search of lucrative deals in the agriculture sector in of one of the world’s major food exporters.

    • Global food crisis: The struggle to satisfy China and India's hunger
      • Der Spiegel
      • 28 April 2008

      With their huge populations, China and India exert an unparalleled force on world food markets. They are looking abroad as it becomes more difficult for them to be self-sufficient -- and the increasing demand often has disastrous consequences across the globe.

    • Hedge funds muck in down on the farm
      • Financial Times
      • 25 April 2008

      Hedge funds and investment banks are swapping their Gucci for gumboots as they bet on rising food prices by buying farms.

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