Chinese companies are planning to invest in maize and tobacco farming in the Zambezi region of Namibia where the environment is very good and the land is fertile. The companies are now doing the preparatory work.
A group of Namibian youth activists have condemned their government’s intention to approve the lease of 10,000 hectares of fertile land to a Chinese company to grow tobacco for export.
Le projet de développement d'une ferme de gibier de 46 000 ha par l'oligarque russe Rashid Sardarov, près de Windhoek, perturbe un programme d'exploitation de fer dans la zone.
The arid nation of Namibia has a newly discovered aquifer called Ohangwena II, that spans its northeast region, which flows under the boundary between Angola and Namibia, and now the challenge of balancing profit with sustainability looms overhead.
On 31 January 2012 in Dubai, 2nd Commercial Farm Africa features panel of experts and in-depth analysis on land utilization & investment policies in Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Sudan, Namibia, Ghana and Ethiopia.
African governments need to raise their level of accountability and ensure that they improve and protect their own food security through quid pro quo side-agreements negotiated when they lease or sell their arable land to foreign interests, says Keith Mullin of Thompson Reuters
Namibia has not been spared in the proliferating acquisition of agricultural land in developing countries by multi-national agricultural corporations, popularly referred to as ‘land grabbing’.
Jagjit Singh Hara, a farmer in Jalandhar, has been getting offers from Congo, Namibia and Nigeria to take land on lease and start cultivation.
World Bank's MIGA provides political risk insurance for Chayton Capital's $50 million farmland investments in southern Africa.
Government of Namibia has leased land to Namibia Development Corporation and the Abu Dhabi-based Al Dhahra Agricultural Company to produce farm grapes and dates on a large commercial scale
"Local businessmen make deals with foreign investors and convince tribal authorities in the area to give them land, but the water from the river is not just for people to take," says Water Affairs Under Secretary A. Nehemia who had not been informed about the farm.
Demeter International got a 25-year lease for 10,000 ha of Bwabwata National Park, which it will start ploughing in October. Hundreds of families will lose access to the forest.