The blog post sites a story from the UK's Guardian newspaper:
"The growing interest has prompted the World Bank to launch its own research into how developing nations could benefit from the foreign money. The full report is due any day now but the release has already been delayed several times. A leaked draft suggested that so far, wealthy investors have largely threatened local resources and exploitatively targeted countries with lax laws and low charges."
"... [C]ountries desperate to boost farming amid the ongoing food crisis are turning to global outsourcing. Japan has bought up plots in Brazil, and South Korea large tracts in Madagascar ...
"While it may bring succor to countries squeezed by high prices, it may also incite conflict and poverty, some experts warn. In August, Jacques Diouf, director-general of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture organization, warned against creating a kind of food 'neocolonialism,' with rich countries securing food supplies at the expense of poor farmers."
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