Food is politics and politics effects food security, particularly nutritional food security.
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Mali – Land Deal Stalls
Huge land deal halted following regional political instability and security issues, leaving thousands of local families with uncertain futures
In 2008 exiled Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure signed a highly secretive lease with the then-president of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, for a 100,000 hectare area of fertile agricultural land in the Office of Niger region, in the north of the country. The deal was granted to Malibya, a subsidiary of Libyan wealth fund the Libyan African Investment Portfolio, reported Reuters.
The agreement purported that the land would be provided rent free for 50 years and include water rights “without restriction” between June and December, on the condition that the Libyan government constructed agreed agro-industrial infrastructure such as canals and roads, and cultivated the land across the region.
The Director of the Malibya project, Abdalilah Youssef, explained in a report by think-tank
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