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“Agro-Imperialism?”

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2009 at 12:13 am

Almost 25 million is a lot of mouths to feed. This is the population of Saudi Arabia and a number that continues to grow. The upside is their wealth. Where they do not have arable land, they instead have the means to pay for it.

But they don’t just want to pay for imports. Instead, they want to use their wealth to buy the land and control the production of their food sources.

This is leading them, and others, to Africa. A land with many problems of its own, the ethical and economic dilemmas being faced are new and numerous.

Is this investment helping or harming countries like Ethiopia? More specifically, is it just the native elite who benefit or does the common man also get his share? Are they being paid a fair rate for the land?

Colonial exploitation has made many wary of new deals. Additionally, structurally created famines that exist today cannot be ignored in the equation.

But hunger can make history blurry in anyone’s mind and provide a strong incentive to seize opportunities where presented.

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