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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Africans look to supply food scarcity

[Here is an interesting theme in a couple of IPS articles on similar themes. -jlt]

Nasseem Ackbarally, "DEVELOPMENT: Mauritians also competing for land in Africa," IPS, February 27, 20009.

PORT LOUIS, Feb 27 (IPS) - Soaring food prices and lack of land have forced Mauritius, a net food importing country, to launch an ambitious initiative. The island state is starting to grow its food in other African states where land is lying fallow and labour is cheap.

Stephanie Nieuwoudt, "TRADE: 'Gulf States’ Technology Can Be Swapped for Africa’s Food,'" IPS, February 25, 2009.

CAPE TOWN, Feb 25 (IPS) - Countries in the Gulf and in Africa can form mutually beneficial partnerships, with Africa supplying fertile arable land and the Gulf investing in technology, fertiliser and other agricultural inputs.

This is one of the proposals made at the Gulf-Africa Strategy Forum held in the South African city of Cape Town from Feb 24 to 25. The two-day forum is hosted by the Gulf Research Centre (GRC), a Middle Eastern think tank.
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