BBC: Rural revolution How mega farms are transforming farming in Ukraine

From the BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/8218104.stm

You could call it the latest foreign invasion. No tanks this time, but a state-of-the-art agricultural army is on the move.

In large swathes of the country fleets of ultra-modern combine harvesters are bringing in the harvest from new mega farms.

Food security

But it is not Ukrainian money and know-how which is driving this agricultural revolution. It is foreign governments and companies.

The Libyans are negotiating for land here, as are the Russians and others.

Many governments are looking to secure land overseas as a way to ensure the food supply to their country does not fail.
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Others go further, condemning the deals done by foreign companies as a “land-grab”, as rich countries and corporations snap up huge swathes of land in poor, developing countries.

Professor Tim Lang, one of the British government’s leading food security advisers, is one such critic:

“I feel sorry for Ukraine, here it is, it was colonised by the Russians, it was the grain basket for many, many years, it went downhill and now it is being asset stripped again by the West,” he says.

“You could say that it is good for the Ukraine, that it is getting inside investment from rich countries, that its productivity will go up, that since the collapse of the Soviet Union it has not had the requisite investment, that at least under Stalinism there was a huge amount of that sort of investment – you can paint that picture – but I’m not convinced by that.”

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