Last update:
2014-06-24

Hassad Food Landgrabs for Sheep and Wheat, Australia

Description:

Hassad Food is a US$1-billion company established by Qatars sovereign wealth fund. It has been leading the countrys quest to secure farmland overseas for the export of food to Qatar. To date Hassad Food, under its subsidiary name Hassad Australia, has acquired 13 large farms in Australia for sheep and wheat production which, according to Stock & Land, amount to 750,000 ha. Hassad Food intends to double its investments in Australia from $200 to $400 million. In response to these large land acquisitions, independent senator Nick Xenophon and the Green Party have proposed a bill that would require any application to buy Australian agricultural land greater than 5ha or more than $5 million to be subject to online transparency and more government regulations.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Hassad Food Landgrabs for Sheep and Wheat, Australia
Country:Australia
State or province:Queensland ; New South Wales ; Victoria ; Western Australia States
Location of conflict:Cunnamulla in south-western Queensland, Warren and Trangie in central western NSW, Canowindra on the southern slopes in NSW, Moyston and Strathdownie in Victoria’s Western District, Telopea Downs in Victoria’s Wimmera, and Bindi Bindi, Jerramungu
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Biomass and Land Conflicts (Forests, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock Management)
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Land acquisition conflicts
Intensive food production (monoculture and livestock)
Specific commodities:Meat (Sheep)
Land
Live Animals
Meat
Wheat
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Hassad Food supplies Quatar with 60% of food imports, and from Australia imports 100,000 sheep, 260,000 tonnes of rice and 150,000 tonnes of other grains annually from their 750,000 ha ownings.

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Project area:750,000
Level of Investment:400,000,000
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2009
Company names or state enterprises:Hassad Food from Qatar
Relevant government actors:Qatars sovereign wealth fund, Foreign Investment Review Board , Senator Nick Xenophon, Green Party
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:National Farmers’ Federation, http://www.nff.org.au/
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Other - Advocacy Group: NFF
Forms of mobilization:Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Media based activism/alternative media
Outcome
Project StatusUnder construction
Conflict outcome / response:New legislation
Development of alternatives:New legislation, to reduce the minimum level of sales reported to the Treasurer for review from $248 million to $5 million.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:The landgrabs will continue in Australia as long as the political environment remains supportive to unregulated foreign purchases. An election on the 14th of September, 2013, will determine the future of regulations.
Sources and Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Australia’s Foreign Investment Policy

References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

, 2013, Company's website
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, 2012, Land the perfect investment for foreigners
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Gulf Times, 2013, 'Hassad Can Meet 60% of Quatar's Food Needs Now'

Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

, Company's website
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, Land the perfect investment for foreigners'
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Gulf Times, 'Hassad Can Meet 60% of Quatar's Food Needs Now' - ‘can-meet--60%-of-qatar's--food-needs-now'
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National Farmers' Federation
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Other comments:If opposition parties win the September 2013 election, as expected, foreign farm purchases over $13 million will be faced with tighter scrutiny.
The full list of sites are:
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Contributor:Aliza Tuttle
Last update24/06/2014
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