December 18, 2013
How Big Agriculture Is Carving Up Africa
Richard Schiffman, Foreign Policy
The Associated Press
There is a gold rush happening in Ethiopia, but it's not a hunt for the yellow metal. It's a quest for the green gold of fertile farmland. A nation more associated with periodic famine and acute childhood malnutrition than with agricultural bounty is leasing millions of hectares -- an area the size of Belgium -- to foreign companies, who want to grow and export food to places like Saudi Arabia, China, India, and Europe.
TAGGED: Africa, Agriculture, Farming, Ethiopia