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.

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TAGGED: Africa, Agriculture, Farming, Ethiopia

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