South Korea’s project to transform Madagascar into its breadbasket, branded by some as neo-colonial, came to an abrupt end on Wednesday when the Indian Ocean island’s new president said he would shelve the plan.
Daewoo Logistic’s deal to lease a huge tract of farmland, half the size of Belgium, to grow food crops to send back to Seoul was a source of popular resentment that contributed to the fall of Marc Ravalomanana, the former president.
Andry Rajoelina, who was declared president by the military and constitutional court after months of demonstrations and who will be formally sworn in on Saturday, said that Daewoo’s plan was “cancelled”.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Daewoo's Madagascar Deal Nixed
In a post last fall ("An Unprecedented Investment in Food Security"), we noted the report by the Financial Times that the Korean conglomerate had leased half the arable land on Madagascar for industrial farming. Yesterday, the Financial Times reported that that deal has been nixed ("Madagascar scraps Daewoo farm deal"). Excerpt: